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Study Permits & Visas

Depending on your country of origin, Student Visa processing can take as little as a few weeks or as long as many months.  Please apply with ample time to allow for the processing of your study permit. 

If you need to defer your start date due to a delay in processing, please contact Remember to include your full name, student number and program in your email.

Study Permits

Visit the Government of Canada site for current study permit requirements.

To ensure your international study experience gets off to a smooth start, be sure to apply as early as possible for your Canadian study permit. You will also require a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada, which will be automatically issued when your study permit is approved. 

Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a study permit if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa. Find out if these changes may apply to you.

If you plan to travel outside of Canada during the course of your studies, before your trip, always make sure that you have the proper, valid documents to re-enter the country.  


  • In British Columbia international students are required to have a valid Medical Service Plan (MSP).
  • Look into international heath care insurance options, such as
  • Consider applying for a US Visitor Visa while in your home country if you are considering travelling to the United States of America during your studies.
  • Explore how to stay in Canada following your program with a Post-Graduation Work Permit.