Customs Regulations

As a non-Canadian residing in Canada for no less than six months, you are required to follow these requirements as specified by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  When you arrive in Canada, you will be met by an officer from the CBSA at the airport where he/she will ask to see your travel documents. Make sure they are not packed in your luggage and that you have them with you.

Ensure you have the following documents upon your arrival at the Customs:

  • Valid passport, including valid Canadian temporary resident visa if required
  • Letter of Introduction or Study Permit (issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Original letter of admission from the University of Toronto
  • Proof of funds available
  • Medical records and immunization records, translated if applicable (useful but not required)

You should also be prepared to answer some questions. A few of the most common questions asked are :

  • At what institution will you be studying? What program are you enrolled in?
  • Where will you be staying?
  • Do you have any items to declare? (e.g. food, medication, etc.)
  • Have you traveled to Canada before?
  • Do you have any family members in Toronto?
  • How much money are you traveling with?

Once the CBSA officer has completed this Secondary Inspection, they will print a paper copy of your Study Permit.  Please do not leave the Port of Entry without your Study Permit!.