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Upon arrival

Immigration documents

When you arrive at a port of entry to Canada, a border agent will assess your eligibility and make a final decision on whether to allow entry. If you were approved for a new study permit from outside Canada, your study permit will also be issued (printed) at this time.

Make sure to check your study permit to ensure all the details are correct and the appropriate conditions have been imposed.

  • check that all details in the client information section are correct
  • if you are a full-time student at UVic, make sure your study permit includes a statement that you “may work” or “may accept employment.” If it does not, this can significantly delay your ability to begin working in Canada.

If you notice any errors on your documents, request changes before you leave Immigration. Be prepared to demonstrate your eligibility to work (for example, by showing the officer a VOE from UVic confirming your full-time student status), if needed.

Travel updates

Government of Canada removes COVID-19 testing requirements for air travellers from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao

March 21, 2023

As of 12:01 a.m. EDT on March 17, 2023, air travellers to Canada on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao are no longer required to provide evidence...

Government of Canada reinstates some COVID-19 border and travel measures for air travellers from China

January 9, 2023

As of January 5 at 12:01am (EST) all air travellers, 2 years of age and older, arriving from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao must show a negative COVID-19 test result,...

Updates for international students

January 1, 2023

Travel restrictions lifted: All federal border testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements ended on October 1, 2022.  Off-campus work measures: On October 7, 2022,...