You need a study permit
Due to COVID-19, if you want to study in Canada, you must
- get a study permit, and
- attend a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
You won’t be able to travel to Canada if you don’t have a study permit or your DLI isn’t on the approved list.
Your study permit isn’t a visa
If we approve your study permit application, we’ll also automatically give you either
What you get depends on your passport or travel document. This is what allows you to travel to and enter Canada.
Citizens of the United States
You don’t need a visitor visa or an eTA to enter Canada. However, you must carry proper identification.
Permanent residents of the U.S.
If you’re entering Canada by air, you need an eTA.
If you’re entering Canada by land, you don’t need a visitor visa or an eTA, but you still need valid proof of lawful U.S. permanent resident status (such as a valid green card).
If you’re studying in Quebec
You must also apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ). You can submit your study permit application before you get your CAQ. In this case, you need to show us proof that you’ve applied for a CAQ.
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