Immigration Documents

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As a new student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate documents to come to Canada as a student, or transition from previous in-Canada Studies.

Coming to Canada as a new University student

If you have received an offer of admission to the University of Toronto, you must apply for an Initial Study Permit made Outside of Canada before traveling to Canada to study. Your Study Permit may allow you to work on and off-campus when you are a full-time registered student.

To enter Canada as an international student, in addition to a study permit, you need to have either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV or Visa) or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) depending on your country of citizenship

Changing from a Canadian High School (Secondary) to Post-Secondary (University)

If you are moving from a Canadian high school to the University and have a valid study permit, you don’t need to change or apply for a new study permit. However, if your study permit is about to expire, you have to extend your study permit inside Canada 2 to 3 months prior to the expiry date. You cannot attend classes with an expired study permit unless you apply to extend it before it expires.

Besides, if you want to be able to work while you study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit.

Changing your post-secondary institution if you are inside Canada:

If you are in Canada and have been studying at another university or college in Canada before joining UTSC (not another U of T campus), you have to change your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on your IRCC account

Changing your post-secondary institution if you are outside Canada:

If you change your institution before coming to Canada and you don’t inform IRCC, you won’t be allowed to board your flight.

If your application is still in progress, you have to inform IRCC by submitting a new letter of acceptance using the IRCC web form.

If your application has been approved and you change your institution, you must submit a new study permit application with a new letter of acceptance and pay all the fees for the new application.