Visiting Graduate Research Students

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Conducting Research at SFU for less than 120 days:
Visiting research students may come to Canada under visitor status for which a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be required, depending on the country of citizenship.

However, we encourage visiting research students to apply for a study permit if there is a possibility of extending their studies in Canada as it’s easier to do so within Canada. Alternatively, visiting research students can apply for a study permit outside of Canada if their main purpose is to enroll in courses at SFU.

Conducting research for more than 120 days:
Visiting research students are not permitted to enroll in regular courses at SFU (other than GRAD 800), therefore a work permit is required for your visit. The host department should contact for more information. If you wish to take courses beyond GRAD 800, you will need to be admitted as an exchange student and not a visiting research student. As an exchange student you will need to apply for a study permit. Please see Study Permit Application Tips for further instructions.

If the main purpose is to conduct research and not to enroll in courses beyond GRAD800, a work permit is required for your visit and the host department should contact