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As an international student, can I return home or travel outside Canada during my studies?

New rules for prospective international students will take effect on June 1, 2014.

The new regulations will improve services to genuine students, while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the program.

For a summary of the changes, please see this notice.

If you leave Canada and want to return, you must have:

You must re-apply for a temporary resident visa (commonly known as an entry visa) if:

  • your previous visa has expired; or
  • your previous visa was only valid for a single entry to Canada.

Apply at a Canadian visa office located outside Canada, or if you are in Canada and hold a valid study permit or work permit you may apply for a new visa at Central Processing Pilot in Ottawa, Ontario.

If you are a citizen of a country or territory whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors and you travel to a country other than the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you will need a multiple-entry visa to come back to Canada.

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