Immigration Documents

Last Updated: September 27, 2021 -The information in the box below is current as of the 'last updated' date but is subject to change without notice.

In-Person Exchange Students - Spring 2022

This website contains general information and resources related to policies, procedures, and application processes. Please see below the updates pertaining to the Spring 2022 semester.

Based on IRCC’s recently-updated guidelines for short-term studies, if you will come to SFU for one term (less than 6 months) you are not required to have a study permit to legally study in Canada. However, under the current travel restrictions you may require a valid study permit or study permit approval letter to be allowed to enter Canada.

If you will come to SFU for a one-term exchange, you must either:

  • Qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller (click here to see if you qualify) and hold a valid travel document (temporary resident visa or eTA) to enter Canada as a visitor, or
  • Hold a valid study permit or study permit approval and a valid travel document (temporary resident visa or eTA - issued to you upon approval of your study permit application)

The decision on whether you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller will be made upon your arrival at the port of entry to Canada. For this reason we recommend that you apply for a study permit if possible.

If you will come to SFU for a two-term exchange, you must apply and be approved for a study permit before you travel. If you require a temporary resident visa or eTA, this will be issued when your study permit is approved outside Canada.

Note that travel restrictions and entry requirements are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information on travelling to Canada, visit the Government of Canada website.

For the latest updates and specific information on COVID-19 including impacts on immigration applications (e.g. study permits, work permits, visas), travel restrictions, work eligibility, and medical insurance, please refer to the:

COVID-19 IMMIGRATION AND TRAVEL FAQ FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Before you arrive in Canada, you must obtain the correct immigration document that accurately reflects your student status. Apply early to ensure your application is processed in time.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced biometrics requirements in 2018. Most people who apply for a study permit or visitor visa are now required to provide biometrics as part of the application.