Immigration and Visa
Canadian Immigration Regulations
The close relationship and geographic proximity of the United States and Canada has resulted in less stringent visa and immigration policies for students attending university in the respective other country.
Prior to Entering the United States
Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa to study in the U.S, however they must still pay the $200 USD SEVIS fee.
Passports must remain valid for at least six (6) months beyond the date of their expected stay. It is also important to remember that students may be denied entry to the United States if they attempt to arrive more than thirty (30) days prior to the program start date listed on their I-20 or DS-2019 form.
Entering the United States
At the port of entry, the student will be asked to provide:
After the immigration inspector reviews these documents, the student will be given an I-94 Admission/Departure card. It is imperative that the student’s I-94 card has the notations “F-1 D/S” of "J-1 D/S written on it. Without this notation, the student will be considered to be in visitor (B-2) status, and will not be allowed to study in the U.S.
After Entering the United States
All international students are required to check in with International Student Services (with their passport, I-20 form, I-94 card, and medical insurance verification) within thirty (30) days of entering the United States. Failure to do so could put them in violation of their visa status.Canadian students are subject to the same regulations as all other international students regarding employment in the United States and other provisions for maintaining their F-1 or J-1 status.