Who Needs A Passport or Travel Document?
When applying for a Study Permit, you must show proof of your identity. For most applicants, this will take the form of a valid passport or travel document that guarantees re–entry to the country that issued it.
Exception: Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not require a passport or travel document, but must provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence.
Validity and Extensions
Your passport or travel document must remain valid while you are in Canada. Your Study Permit and Temporary Resident Visa (if required) can not be extended beyond the date that your passport or travel document expires.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport or travel document does not expire while you are in Canada. Be aware of your passport/travel document expiry date and apply for renewal at least 6 months before it expires. The consulate or embassy for your country can provide you with renewal information.
Lost or Stolen Passports/Travel Documents
If your passport is lost or stolen, contact your consulate or embassy immediately to report the disappearance and inquire about obtaining a replacement. In most cases, you will be required to file a police report. You should also contact an International Student Advisor at the ICS office regarding the permits and visas that were in your passport when it was lost or stolen.
Need More Information?
Contact an ICS International Student Advisor:
Ph: (204) 474-6896
Ph: (204) 474-8503
Visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website: