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Last updated: June 2, 2020
Unless you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you’ll need to obtain a study permit before you enter Canada to start classes at UBC, and ensure it remains valid for the duration of your studies. Study permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Learn more about study permits at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver.
Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to attend UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Once your initial study permit application is approved, you will automatically be issued a TRV or eTA.
Apply for your study permit as soon as you are admitted to UBC. If your courses have been moved online due to COVID-19, you can begin your program through distance learning from outside of Canada, even if your study permit application has not been processed yet. Your study permit must be approved before classes start for those courses to count towards the length of your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in the future. However, if your study permit is not approved before classes start in September and you are starting a 4-year undergraduate degree, you will still be eligible for a full 3-year PGWP. See UBC’s COVID-19 FAQs for international students at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver for details.
When do you apply?
You should apply for a study permit as soon as you receive your letter of admission to UBC. Applications can take several months to process.
How do you apply?
At this time, you can apply online only, including American citizens.
To prepare your application, visit UBC’s step-by-step initial study permit tutorial to learn about the application process, how to fill out the application form, and what documents to provide. Discover what to do for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.
What if you’re already studying in Canada?
You are coming to UBC from a Canadian high school
If you have been studying in secondary/high school in Canada and you have been admitted to UBC, you must apply to extend your study permit. You must do this within 90 days after receiving written confirmation of high school completion, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.
You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC.
- If you are inside of Canada, apply for a study permit extension for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.
- If you will not be in Canada in time to apply to extend your study permit, apply for an initial study permit from outside of Canada. Learn more about what to do for UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver.
You are transferring to UBC from a Canadian college or university
If you already have a valid study permit for post-secondary study in Canada, you might be able to use that permit to study at UBC.
- If you did not complete your previous program in Canada and your study permit has not expired, you must inform the government by changing your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) online via your MyCIC account.
- If you completed a program at your previous institution, you must extend your study permit for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver within 90 days after you received written notification of program completion, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.
If you still have questions
Also, be sure to enroll in iPREP, a pre-arrival course designed for new students to learn about immigration documents, health insurance, and more.