Congratulations on your admission to the University of Toronto!
To study in Canada, you need a study permit, which is issued by the Canadian Government. Most international students also need a Temporary Residency Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), depending on your country of citizenship.
It’s your responsibility to make sure these documents are up-to-date and valid for the full duration of your studies in Canada. This includes being aware of the expiry dates, conditions, and/or restrictions of each document.
Here’s what you’ll need for your application:
- the letter of acceptance from U of T that you have already received
- proof that you have enough funds to pay for at least one year of tuition and living expenses
- a valid passport
- the study permit application form
- the application fee
You may also need to provide biometrics, other documents or forms, and/or have an immigration medical exam.
Remember to submit your application as early as possible, or as soon as you receive your official letter of acceptance from U of T.
If your application is approved, you’ll receive a Study Permit Approval Letter and a visa or eTA if applicable. Show that letter when you go through Canada Customs upon arrival to receive the hard copy of your study permit.
If you’re already studying in Canada with a valid high school study permit, you should apply for a new study permit before your current permit expires.
If you’re a transfer student coming from another post-secondary institution in Canada, you may use the study permit you already have (as long as it’s still valid) but you must notify IRCC of the change. To do this, submit a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) student transfer request through your online Immigration Canada account. Look for the link “Transfer from DLI number”.
If you’ve finished another post-secondary program in Canada, the study permit for that program will expire no more than 90 days after the completion of that program. You will need to apply for a new study permit for your studies at the University of Toronto.
Download the Detailed notes on study permits for international students (PDF) for additional helpful information.
For support, contact a CIE immigration advisor.
Immigration Workshops & Info SessionsThe Centre for International Experience holds regular workshops and information sessions to help you understand your immigration responsibilities. Learn more about Immigration Workshops & Info Sessions