Travel to Canada

Important information for international students travelling to Canada (as of Jan 22, 2024)

The University of the Fraser Valley is dedicated to supporting our incoming international students and providing you with as much information as available to help you with your journey to Canada.

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a temporary measure to stabilize the number of new study permits. For 2024, the cap will be 360,000 approved study permits across the country, allocated to provinces and territories based on population.
  • As of Jan 22, 2024, new study permit applications require an attestation letter from the province or territory where students plan to study. Study permit applications submitted to IRCC on Jan 22, 2024 or later without an attestation letter will be returned and application fees refunded. The attestation letter process is expected to be in place before Mar 31, 2024.
  • Students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and elementary and secondary education are excluded from the cap.
  • If you have received an offer to attend UFV, you should not apply for a study permit until the process for getting an attestation letter has been determined.  

See the IRCC website for the latest updates.

Arrange for your permits and visas

If you are a new student, see Apply for study permits and visas.

If you are currently a student, see Immigration: Updating study permits and visas.

Required Medical Insurance for Studying in Canada

As an international student, you must have medical insurance while you are in Canada. Learn more about required medical insurance provided through UFV.

Travel options from the airport to UFV 

Upon request, UFV can also arrange for Language Limousine Airport Service to meet you at the airport and take you to your quarantine location. This service has to be booked in advance. To arrange your transportation and book in advance click here

Check in on iCent when you arrive

Check in and tell us you have arrived in Canada using the iCent app.

Learn how to use the iCent app.

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