Before coming to Canada, you will need to apply for a study permit. Get information on the application process and to download application forms
Here is a summary of what you will need before coming to study in Canada:
- a letter of acceptance from our school (provided by Briercrest upon acceptance).
- proof of adequate financial funding for tuition, room and board (provided by Briercrest upon acceptance).
- confirmation that you will return home at the end of your studies.
- a medical exam (if needed).
- a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (see below).
The issuing of your study permit takes place when you arrive in Canada, either when you pass through Canadian Customs at the airport or at any Point of Entry if you come by land.
Bring all required documents with you and ensure that you receive your study permit at your point of entry, e.g., at customs or at the border. Also, check that your study permit has:
- Your correct personal information, and
- Appropriate expiry date (you must leave Canada by this date).
- Canadian passport holders living abroad will not need a study permit. If you are a Canadian citizen, ensure that you bring a valid Canadian passport with you.
- Returning students may apply to extend or renew their study permit.
- Information on post-graduation work visas.
- Study Permits
- Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
- Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Travel to/from USA
- Travel Outside of Canada and the USA
- Travel Documentation for Family
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
You may be required to have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. This is a visitor entry visa that allows you to come into Canada and/or transit through an airport in Canada. This is not your study permit.
With the approval of your study permit application, the Government of Canada will send your TRV, if applicable.
If you are required to have a TRV, it is recommended to keep it valid so that you can re-enter Canada in case of emergency trips abroad.
More deails on the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
If you are not required to have a visitor visa and are planning to fly or transit through a Canadian airport, you may need a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
With the approval of your study permit application, the Government of Canada will send your Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if applicable.
Travel to/from USA
If you plan to visit the United States of America while studying in Canada, be sure to bring important documents with you, such as:
- Your valid passport
- Valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Valid USA visitor visa or approved ESTA
Travel Outside of Canada and the USA
Ensure that your travel and immigration documents are valid and will not expire before you return.
- Passport or travel document
- Study permit, and either a valid eTA or TRV (in order to return to Canada)
- Valid visitor visa for the destination, if applicable
Check for travel advisories or tips communicated by your home country.
Travel Documentation for Family
Family or friends who come to visit you in Canada may need a Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization. Check the Government of Canada's Visa information on what they may need.
It is recommended that you provide your visiting family or friends with:
- A copy of your study permit / post-graduation work permit / permanent resident card
- A copy of your passport
- A letter of invitation - see this page for details and tips
- A copy of your marriage certificate (if you are inviting your spouse)
- An official Briercrest enrolment letter (if you are a current student)
- A letter from your employer (if you are a post-graduation work permit holder)
- Proof of available funds (if you are paying for their visit)