Travelling to Canada

Students need to ensure that they have all the documents ready and packed before travelling to Canada. They need to have the authorization to enter and stay/remain in Canada. The Canadian Border Services Agent, who is at your point of entry to Canada, is in charge of allowing students to enter and stay in Canada.

Travel Eligibility Requirements

International students need to have the following documents in order to enter Canada:

  1. You must have a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit (Study permit Approval document);
  2. You must have a valid passport or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) depending on your citizenship. Learn more here.
  3. You must have a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if applicable.
  4. You must have valid results of a completed immigration medical examination if required.
  5. You must have a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the College.
  6. You must have a Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) letter from the College.
  7. You must have proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.

How to Apply for a Study Visa

Here is the IRCC guide and application form for a Study Visa.

PLC Documents

Students will need to have Letter of Acceptance and Confirmation of Enrollment letters from the college before they travel to Canada. If haven’t received them after being admitted to PLC, please reach out to the admissions office.

Processing Times for Study Permit

The processing time for a study permit applied outside Canada is 9 weeks. This processing time does not include the time it takes to send an application between a visa application centre (VAC) and IRCC office and the time you need to give your biometrics.

From inside Canada, the processing time is 4 weeks,  does not include the time you need to give your biometrics. As IRCC updates the processing times, please visit the IRCC Website for the most updated times.

Booking Flights

Kindly plan your arrival in Canada carefully. It is advised that students arrive no more than four weeks prior to the commencement of classes. Choose the flight that has the fewest connections when you are booking your trip to Canada. Direct travel to Vancouver (Vancouver International Airport – YVR) is the best option. If you book a flight that has connections in other countries, please be sure that you have a valid entry visa for the transit country

Arriving in Canada

At the port of entry (airport or border) that’s where you will be interviewed and verify the documents and purpose of your visit. You need to have all the documents ready and near you, as mentioned above for checking. Once approved, you will receive your official study permit document. Please ensure that the information on the study permit is accurately written, before leaving the airport or border. Do not leave the airport or border without a study permit.

Airport Pick-Up Service

Students are advised to email their advisor to book an airport pickup service. The email should be sent 15 days before your arrival date in Vancouver. Pick-up service depends on the schedule and time slot available.

Other Resources

student housing

Living in Canada

Find a house or a rental place before arriving in Canada.

New Student Orientation

Our orientation process is tailored to ease your transition, introducing you to campus, services, and resources.

Medical insurance

Medical Insurance

Students are required to have medical insurance while in Canada as it can reduce hospital bills.