VIU International students

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Please note, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been renamed by the federal government, now this department known as Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). At present, IRCC’s website remains Government of Canada: Immigration and Citizenship

A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is the sticker in your passport that permits you to enter Canada. Not all countries require TRV, follow this link for the list of countries that require visa to enter Canada

Your TRV must be valid when you enter Canada. Once you are here, it can expire. If you leave and want to return, you must make sure you have a valid TRV. Some students like to maintain a valid Visa in case they have to return home for emergency reasons.

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How to renew your TRV

Entry visa

Students apply online or by X-press post to the Case Processing Centre in Ottawa (CPC-O). Plan ahead as you will not have your passport during this time. IRCC (formerly CIC) will send you a message when it is time to send your passport to Ottawa

Can I renew it from my home country?
Yes. Before you leave Canada, check with the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country to see what documentation you need. Many countries require a confirmation letter from VIU. Please note, processing times are different that when applying within Canada.

Before you begin:

Access the IRCC (former CIC) website following this link to review the process.

Things to remember when applying:

  • Check your passport expiry date
  • Review tutorial on TRV on this page 
  • Gather the required documents
  • Attend an Immigration drop-in session to have your application reviewed.

You can applying for visa renewal (TRV) within Canada only after renewal of your study permit.

  • Online: processing time is shorter and passport will be sent only after IRCC requests it.

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Assistance With Your Application

If, after you have started your application and reviewed the step-by-step instructions in the tutorials available at the Reception Desk in Building 255, and still have questions, please drop-in to see VIU International Immigration Advisor: See advising schedule here:  https://international.viu.ca/drop-hours

NOTE: Bring your application documents with you, your passport, study permit and student card. Follow this links to contact the international student advisors.