If you are joining SFU from a Canadian high school, as of April 2019 you are not required to change the conditions of your study permit before you begin your classes. However, if your study permit will expire soon you must apply to extend it before the expiry date. Changing your study permit conditions will also allow you to work on or off campus while studying at SFU (provided you meet certain eligibility requirements).

Apply several months in advance if you need to extend or change the conditions of your study permit (see Extend your study permit for details). If you have plans to travel outside of North America before beginning your classes, ensure your temporary resident visa or electronic travel authorization (if required) is also valid.