Immigration documents

Whether you are applying for documents for the first time or renewing, International Student Advisors can help you through the process. Learn about our workshops and drop-in hours

First you need a valid passport

A passport is issued by your country of citizenship. Your Canadian immigration documents will not be issued beyond the expiry date of your passport. We recommend renewing your passport at least six months before it expires. If you need to apply for a new passport while in Canada, you can do so through an embassy, diplomatic mission or consulate of your country.

Apply for or renew your documents

Find out what you need to enter Canada

Before you board a plane to Canada, you either need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) unless you are a citizen of the United States. Determine which authorization you need by taking the IRCC's short questionnaire. You will also need a valid post-secondary study permit to study at Waterloo if your program of study in Canada is more than six months.

More information on the documents you need to enter and study in Canada can be found at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Changes to the International Student Program regulations have taken effect June 1, 2014. It is important that you read and understand the information IRCC has released. These changes will specifically impact applying for a study permit, studying in Canada, and working off campus during your studies. 

Lost, stolen or damaged Canadian documents 

If one of your Canadian immigration documents has been lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a replacement copy. Most documents issued by Canadian immigration authorities can be replaced except for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). You will have to apply for a new TRV once you have a valid passport and study permit.

Amending an error to your document

If you think there is an error on your Canadian study permit or work permit, please come speak to an International Student Advisor for help.