Reduce wait times for your study permit at YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is piloting the new Voluntary Compliance Portal (VC Portal).

The VC Portal is hosted on the YVR website (www.yvr.ca/en/students) and allows students to voluntarily submit information found in their letter of introduction (study permit approval) from Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

This information gives advance notice to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), and gives time to review and print the study permit prior to the student’s arrival to YVR. Using the VC Portal is completely optional, and it will only be used to expedite the process.

To be eligible, the international student must meet the following criteria:

  • Initial entry into Canada must be at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). They cannot connect to YVR through a domestic flight; and

  • They must have a letter of introduction (study permit approval) from IRCC, and

  • They must submit all the mandatory information at least 72 hours in advance through the VC Portal.

The international student will need to submit the following information for processing:

Mandatory information:

  • Unique Client Identifier (UCI) – this can be found on the letter of introduction issued by IRCC

  • Last name

  • Planned date of arrival to Vancouver

  • Arriving flight number

Optional information:

  • Control document number

  • First name

  • Date of birth

  • Passport number

  • Passport country of issue

This information will allow CBSA Officers to review applications prior to the student’s arrival, potentially identify administrative errors, and prepare documents in anticipation of arrival which should reduce the student’s time spent at the airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the VC Portal replace the need to obtain immigration documentation? (e.g. visa, permit, eTA)
No. The VC Portal has no affiliation with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Submitting information through the VC Portal does not authorize entry to enter Canada. The VC Portal cannot be used to circumvent any visa, permit, ETA, or other documentation requirements.

Who will have access to the information the students submit?
The information that is submitted to the VC Portal (www.yvr.ca/en/students) will be sent directly to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). No other organization will have access to this information.

What happens if I choose not to submit my information?
This is purely a voluntary process. The VC Portal only serves to expedite the study permit issuance process for approved study permits at the port of entry.

How much in advance can I submit my information?
You can submit information as early as you wish. However, the information must be received at least 72 hours prior to your arrival to YVR.

What happens if I don’t submit my information 72 hours prior to arrival?
There is no guarantee that it will be received and processed.

What should I do if you submit incorrect information?
Resubmit using the correct information. You do not need to contact YVR, CBSA, or UVic.

What happens if I need a study permit AND a co-op work permit?
At this time, the VC Portal is only being utilized for study permits. If you have a study permit and a co-op work permit approval, you are encouraged to complete the VC Portal with the study permit information.