International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

Updated: May 26, 2022

If you’re an international student coming to UBC from a Canadian high school, you’ll need to take action to extend your study permit while you are in Canada.

You must extend your study permit before it becomes invalid. Your study permit becomes invalid in one of two ways: either 90 days after you receive written confirmation of your high school completion (even if your study permit has not expired), or on your study permit’s expiry date – whichever comes first.

You can start your studies at UBC if you applied for a study permit extension before your study permit became invalid and you’re waiting for your new study permit, as long as you didn’t leave Canada after your study permit became invalid.

When do you apply?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC. If you are in Canada you must apply before your study permit becomes invalid.

How do you apply?

If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you should apply online to extend your study permit for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. Be sure to apply before your study permit becomes invalid.

You can only apply for a study permit extension when you are in Canada. If you have travel plans, you have a few options:

  • Apply for an extension before you leave Canada using a trusted friend’s Canadian address, and return before your study permit becomes invalid and your Temporary Resident Visa expires (if applicable). If your study permit is issued while you are away, ask your friend to send a digital copy and mail the original study permit to you so that you can return with it.
  • If you have already left, you may come back to Canada and extend your study permit before your study permit becomes invalid and your Temporary Resident Visa expires (if applicable).
  • If you will not be returning to Canada before your study permit becomes invalid, apply for an initial study permit for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver from outside Canada as soon as possible.

Learn about the differences between applying inside or outside Canada and be sure to review our travelling to Canada guide.

What if you still have questions?

To find out more about your study permit requirements, check out our UBC International Student Guide for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. If you still have questions, our International Student Advising team at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver is here for you.

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