Documents Required for Immigration
Anyone wishing to study in Canada who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must obtain a Study Permit and in some cases a Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa) before entering Canada. Prospective students should contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as they receive their offer of admission.
You will need the following documentation:
- offer of admission to the University of Toronto and information about the expected time needed to complete the program;
- evidence of adequate funds; (cost of tuition, plus at least $10 000 per year for single students; an additional $4000 with a spouse; $3000 for each additional dependent. Note: although these amounts may be sufficient to obtain a Study Permit, most students find that they do not sufficiently cover the cost of living in Toronto.)
- proof of medical clearance (depending on country of residence).
- any other documentation requested by the issuing office.
Based on the provision of this documentation, Canadian immigration authorities will issue a Study Permit and where necessary a Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa). This process, in particular the medical clearance, can be very time-consuming. You should therefore apply for a Study Permit as soon as you receive notification of your acceptance from the university. Under no circumstances should you leave for Canada until you have received confirmation from the University of Toronto that you have been admitted and until you have obtained your Study Permit and, if necessary, Temporary Resident Visa (Entry Visa). It is not possible to change from visitor status to student status within Canada. Students who have been studying at a secondary school in Canada must ensure that they apply for a new Study Permit, valid for university level study, before beginning classes.
CUSTODIANSHIP: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have a discretionary custodianship requirement for minor students between the age of 17 and the age of majority in the province or territory of the educational institution where they intend to study. For full details on this requirement, please check the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2011/ob339.asp
US APPLICANTS: We recommend that citizens and permanent residents of the United States apply for a Study Permit from immigration authorities at the border or point of entry when they enter Canada.
Application forms and guidelines for the initial Study Permit can be downloaded from the CIC website.
Note the expiry date on your Study Permit. If your course of study requires you to remain in Canada beyond that date, you must obtain an extension of your Study Permit at least 2-3 months before the expiry date. The extension of your Study Permit is an application done in Canada. See information about the Application Process.