As an international student, can I return home or travel outside Canada during my studies?
If you leave Canada and want to return, you must have:
- a valid passport or travel document;
- a valid study permit if you are returning to study in Canada;
- a valid visitor visa, if you are a citizen of a visa-required country. You must re-apply for a temporary resident visa (visitor visa) if your visa:
- has expired; or
- was only valid for a single entry to Canada.
- an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country and plan to return to Canada by air. You will not be able to board your flight without one.
- If you received an initial study permit before August 1, 2015, you will need to apply for an eTA.
- If you received an initial study permit on or after August 1, 2015, you will automatically be issued an eTA along with your permit.
- When you renew your study permit, an eTA is not automatically renewed or issued. You may need to apply for one separately. See Extend your study permit.
Apply for a visitor visa 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 Case Processing Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
A border officer will have some questions for you when you arrive back in Canada. If the officer believes there is reason to refuse your re-entry, you will not be able to re-enter Canada.
Answers others found useful
- Do I need a permit to study in Canada?
- I am an international student in Canada. Can I work while studying?
- When should I apply for my study permit?
- How do I apply for a study permit?
- I have applied to extend my study permit. Can I travel outside Canada and be able to return?
- I want to change my school or program of study. How can I change my study permit?
- Date Modified: