Conditions for Student Travel to Canada: Overview
International students wishing to travel to Canada to study at a Canadian educational institution must meet certain conditions concerning their eligibility to travel and their enrolment in a Canadian institution. This article outlines the most important conditions and requirements that international students must meet when entering Canada as a student.
Eligibility to Travel to Canada
To be eligible to travel to Canada, international students must:
Have a valid study permit
Students must have a valid study permit issued by the Canadian government. Study permits authorize students to study at designated Canadian educational institutions and must be obtained before entering Canada. Students must apply for a study permit online or at a visa application center in their home country.
Meet the travel restrictions due to COVID-19
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has imposed certain travel restrictions on international travelers. Students must comply with these restrictions, which, as of August 2021, include a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Enrolment in a Designated Educational Institution
To be eligible to study in Canada, international students must enrol in a designated educational institution. These institutions must be recognized by the Canadian government and authorized to accept international students.
Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree, diploma, or certificate program. Part-time programs are not eligible for study permits, except in certain circumstances.
Proof of enrolment
Students must provide proof of enrolment in a designated educational institution. This can include an acceptance letter, a letter of enrolment, or a student ID card.
International students must demonstrate that they have enough money to pay for their living expenses while studying in Canada. This includes tuition fees, accommodation, and other necessary expenses.
Proof of financial support
Students must provide proof of financial support, such as bank statements or letters of sponsorship, to show that they have sufficient funds to cover their expenses. The amount of money required varies depending on the length of the program and the location of the educational institution.
Q: Can international students work while studying in Canada?
A: Yes, international students can work part-time while studying in Canada. However, they must have a valid study permit and must work on campus or off-campus with a work permit.
Q: What is the maximum period for a study permit in Canada?
A: The maximum period for a study permit in Canada is usually the length of the study program plus an additional 90 days.
Q: Can international students bring their family members to Canada?
A: Yes, international students can bring their spouses or common-law partners and dependent children to Canada. They must apply for a visitor visa or an open work permit, depending on their eligibility.
Q: What happens if an international student’s study permit expires before they finish their program?
A: If an international student’s study permit expires before they finish their program, they must apply for an extension of their permit before it expires. If they fail to do so, they may be asked to leave Canada.