In-Person Exchange Students
This website contains general information and resources related to policies, procedures, and application processes. Please see below the updates pertaining to the Summer 2022 semester.
Based on IRCC’s 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, to facilitate your entry into Canada, you must also qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and comply with the pre-entry travel requirements in place.
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 (e.g. a temporary resident visa or eTA, depending on your country of citizenship) to enter Canada as a visitor, OR
- Hold a valid study permit or study permit approval and a valid travel document (e.g. a temporary resident visa or eTA, depending on your country of citizenship - issued to you upon approval of your study permit application) and qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller
Under the current travel restrictions, you must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to be allowed entry to Canada either as a visitor or as a study permit holder. You must also qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to board a flight or train departing Canada at the end of your exchange.
The final decision on whether you are eligible to enter Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller will be made by a Border Services Officer (BSO) upon your arrival at a Canadian Port-of-Entry (POE).
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.
- You must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada as a study permit holder. You must also qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler to board a flight or train departing Canada at the end of your exchange.
Eased testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers
The government of Canada has implemented the following adjustments to lighten its current border measures as part of transition of the pandemic responses:
- Starting February 28, the on-arrival testing requirement has been eased for fully-vaccinated travellers. This means that travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, are randomly selected for arrival testing. Travellers selected will also no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. Visit here for more information about arrival test for fully vaccinated travellers.
- Starting April 1, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test results to enter Canada by air, land, or water. Visit here for more information about the removal of pre-entry testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers.
- Starting April 25, 2022, all fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. Visit here for more information and the full annoucement about the additional eased border measures.
As a reminder, all travellers are still required to use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours of their arrival to Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruiseship destined for 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 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, you may also refer to the:
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.