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 gradintl@sfu.ca 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 gradintl@sfu.ca.