International students travelling outside Canada and then re-entering

If you have a valid study permit

You may be able to re-enter Canada as an international student if you have any of the following:

  • a valid study permit
  • approval for a study permit or study permit extension

You must also meet all the following criteria:

If your visitor visa or eTA has expired

You may be allowed to re-enter Canada if you

  • have only been to the United States or St-Pierre and Miquelon and
  • return to Canada by the end of your authorized period of stay

You must show the border services officer that you meet all the requirements listed above before we’ll let you re-enter.

If your study permit extension hasn’t been approved yet

You won’t be able to study until we approve your study permit extension.

If you applied to extend your study permit before it expired, you may be allowed to enter Canada if you meet all other requirements.

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