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Step 1. Check and update your study permit.
You may need to extend your study permit if it will expire soon, and/or you may want to change your study permit conditions so that you can work during your studies. If you are outside of Canada, please visit our COVID-19 Immigration FAQ page for detailed information on your next steps.
International Services for Students provides a variety of support, programming and non-academic advising on topics such as Canadian immigration documents (e.g. study permits, visas) and medical insurance, exchange and study abroad.
Step 4. Find housing and decide where to live.
Deciding where to live is one of the first things you'll need to do after you've been accepted to SFU, and you may find yourself re-making this decision a few times during your stay in Canada.
Educate yourself in identifying potential rental scams, which you may find while looking for off-campus housing. Learn more about common types of fraud and how to prevent them from the Vancouver Police Department website.
Step 5. Sign up for transition programs.
We hope you will join us for this live Q&A, where the presenters will provide a brief overview of the selected topics for international students and give you a chance to ask any questions you have.
This is a peer-support program for undergraduate students which provides the opportunity to learn about the culture of SFU while making new friends and exploring what the community has to offer. The program is offered in Fall and Spring.
This guide has been prepared to assist any new and returning international students who are currently outside of Canada, and plan to travel to BC to return to studies. It contains instructions on the steps students should follow in order to travel or return to Canada.
The requirements to enter Canada continue to evolve as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. Please do not make any arrangements to travel to Canada at this time if you do not meet the requirements.
Your enrollment at SFU affects your ability to work, study, and stay in Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires you to actively pursue your studies while at SFU.
Step 8. Find health and wellbeing support.
Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents, or understanding Canadian services, our Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support.