Arriving to Study in Canada
Upon arriving to study in Canada, you are met by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at a point of entry. The CBSA protects the borders and processes everyone entering and exiting the country.
You’ll have to present your travel documents to the officer. Remember to keep these documents, along with all other valuable papers and money, on your person and not packed in your luggage, which could cause a delay.
Prepare these documents to present when arriving to study in Canada:
- a valid passport or travel document
- the letter of introduction sent from the visa office when they approved your study permit. The CBSA officer needs this letter in order to issue your study permit because it contains your permit reference number
- a valid temporary resident visa, if you need one
- a copy of the letter of acceptance from the school at which you are sanctioned to study
- evidence that you can financially support yourself while you are in Canada
- any other documents, such as letters of reference, that your local visa office recommended to have on hand
In the event that any of your documents are missing, or if any information in your letters of reference or on your application is incorrect, it is possible that you would not be admitted into Canada.
Presenting the documents will not guarantee entry into the country when you are arriving to study in Canada.
You would still need to prove that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations before you’d be permitted to enter Canada.
If everything is in order at the point of entry, you will be issued a study permit and you will be admitted into Canada. Make sure to confirm that the study permit has your correct personal information, and that the expiry date is when you expected to leave Canada.
A passport or temporary resident visa are not required for citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and Greenland. However, these nationals must prove citizenship or permanent residence with a document such as an alien registration card or a national identity card.
In the event that you arrive in Canada with more than $10,000 (Canadian currency equivalent), A CBSA officer must be made aware. Failure to disclose this information could result in a fine or imprisonment.
The funds could be in the form of:
- securities in bearer form (such as bonds, stocks, treasury bills, debentures)
- negotiable instruments in bearer form (such as cheques, traveller’s cheques, or money orders)
Conditions of the study permit
Your permit will list the following conditions:
- at which institution you are permitted to study
- whether you are permitted to work in Canada
- if you are required to take a medical examination, observation or treatment
- whether your travel within Canada is restricted
- when you are required to leave Canada
If you do not comply with the conditions, it would be considered an offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In this event, you would be able to voluntarily leave Canada, or you might be subject to an admissibility determination or hearing. The outcome could result in your removal from Canada, which would revoke your temporary resident status and any permit you have.
Take the time to learn what you need when arriving to study in Canada, and then you can focus on learning!