New Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Procedures!
As of May 29th, 2012, those residing in Canada with a valid study or work permit who wish to apply for a new Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) can send applications to the Case Processing Pilot Office in Ottawa. You can find information about how to apply for a TRV at the CIC website.
Further details about this new initiative are available on the CIC website.
Depending on your country of citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa), in addition to a Study Permit, in order to enter Canada. See the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for a complete list of countries which require an Entry Visa.
Your application must be approved before you arrive in Canada. It is recommended that you apply for a Multiple Entry Visa and not a Single Entry Visa, as this will allow you to travel outside of Canada and re-enter until the expiration of the visa. Please contact your local Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for more information and to submit your application.
Your Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa) may expire while you are in Canada; this is fine, as long as your Study Permit is still valid. If you plan to travel outside of Canada, it is possible to renew your TRV at any Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate while abroad.
You can download the guide and document checklist from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Please Note: Your TRV (Entry Visa) application will require a letter or confirmation of enrolment from your Registrar verifying your student status, as well as a copy of your academic transcripts.
Important Information about Applying Online:
As of December 2012, students who wish to apply online for a Temporary Resident Visa must first answer a series of questions in the "Come to Canada" assessment tool to determine their eligibility. Completing this tool will generate a personal checklist code. (If you are having difficulty with the questions or the process, please contact CIE's advisors.) After logging in to your MyCIC account, select "Apply Online". At this point, you will be asked to enter your personal checklist code. You may then proceed with your application. Once you have submitted and CIC has processed your application, you will receive a message in your MyCIC account with a PDF file. You must then print this document and mail it together with your passport to the appropriate CIC office.
International Students who are only going to the US do not require a valid Entry Visa to re-enter Canada, as long as their Study Permit is still valid. The policy outlining this is detailed below:
(3) A foreign national does not require a temporary resident visa if they are seeking to enter and remain in Canada solely
(ii) return to Canada by the end of the period initially authorized for their stay or any extension to it.
When you arrive at U of T, you will be welcomed with a host of orientation activities and all the hard work you put into preparation for your arrival will have paid off.