Permits and Visas

Permits and visas

International Services is here to help you with questions about studying and working in Canada, however, it is your responsibility to maintain valid immigration status and adhere to Canadian immigration regulations. Remember to check all of your immigration documents (passport, study permit, work permit, temporary resident visa, etc.) for accuracy and be sure to extend required documents before their expiry date to maintain status in Canada.


Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

A TRV is an official counterfoil document issued by a visa office that is placed in a person’s passport to show that he or she has met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Some visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens and Canadian permanent residents, cannot apply for an eTA.

Find out if you need an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to enter Canada.

Studying in Canada

International students and studying in Canada

  • If you intend to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, you must obtain a study permit at the post-secondary level.
  • A study permit is not required for foreign nationals on a visitor visa or work permit who wish to undertake general-interest courses of six months or less, not leading to a certificate, diploma or degree.
  • The Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies’ programs are part-time/non-degree and do not qualify for a study permit.

Study permit

 To complete your registration at Sheridan, please upload a copy of your Study Permit Confirmation Letter or Visa to our Immigration File Submission system.

Study without a study permit:

  • According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), foreign nationals may enter Canada or remain in Canada without a study permit to attend a course or program of study that is 6 months' duration or less. The course or program of study may be part-time or full-time and should be completed within the period authorized upon entry (i.e., up to 6 months).
  • Foreign nationals are not authorized to take short-term courses, one after the other, simply by extending their temporary resident status — in effect, making it possible for them to complete a whole certificate, diploma or degree without ever having a study permit. If the course or program of study is a prerequisite for a full study program, it is advisable to get a study permit, even if the courses are less than 6 months long. Please click here for more information.
  • Foreign nationals who want to extend the course for more than 6 months, may be eligible to apply for a Study Permit inside Canada. Click here to find out if you are eligible to apply inside Canada.

Study permit extension

  • If your study permit will expire before you complete your program studies, you must apply for a study permit extension before the expiry date.
  • If your study permit (and Temporary Resident Visa, if applicable) will expire while you are travelling outside of Canada, you must first obtain a renewed study permit before your trip followed by a renewed TRV (if applicable).
  • You should submit a study permit extension application at least 3-4 months before the current study permit expires. IRCC processing times vary.
  • A study permit will not be extended beyond your passport’s expiry date. If your passport is expiring before you complete your program studies, you must first obtain your renewed passport, then apply for your study permit extension.
  • Students have the option of applying for the study permit extension online or on paper.
  • IMPLIED STATUS: If you apply to extend your study permit under the same conditions and before the expiry date, you can legally continue to study in Canada until a decision is made on your application, due to implied status.

Restoring your status

  • If your study permit expires, and you did not apply to extend your study permit, you are considered out of status in Canada and must cease studies immediately.
  • If you are out of status, you may apply to restore your previous student status by applying for a study permit extension within 90 days after the expiry date.
  • While waiting for restoration of your status, you are not permitted to resume your studies until your status has been restored by IRCC.

Working in Canada

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

A Social Insurance Number (SIN), issued by Service Canada, is required in order to work and get paid in Canada.

On-campus employment

If you're a full-time student with a valid study permit, you may work on-campus, at the campus at which you are registered; i.e., Davis, HMC or Trafalgar.

Off-campus employment

If you're a full-time student (excluding ESL/exchange) with a valid study permit, you may work off campus:

  • up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions
  • full-time hours during scheduled school breaks

CAUTION: Students must stop working on the day they no longer meet the eligibility requirements above.

Co-op work permit

If your program includes a mandatory work-integrated learning component such as co-op, internship, placement or practicum (paid or unpaid), you will need to apply for a Co-op Work Permit. You should apply for the co-op work permit at least one semester before commencing the work-integrated learning component.

  • Sheridan will be listed as the employer
  • The co-op work permit and study permit expiry dates will typically match.
  • The co-op work permit is required regardless of what is indicated on the Study Permit.

Post-graduation work permit

The post-graduation work permit (PGWP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

A PGWP may be issued for the length of your program up to a maximum of three years. Post-graduation work permit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, cannot be valid for longer than the length of your program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length.

To obtain a post-graduation work permit after completing your program, you must meet the following requirements*:

  • You must have continuously studied full time in Canada and must have completed a program of study that lasted at least eight months.
  • You must have graduated from a  post-secondary institution
  • You must apply for a work permit within 180 days of receiving written confirmation (for example, a transcript and an official letter) from your institution indicating that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program.
  • You must have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma or certificate.

* For complete eligibility requirements please contact the International Centre.

Graduating International Students

Please refer to this information sheet that outlines important information you need to be familiar with as you prepare for the transition to graduation.

Students are solely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada, including any medical or study and work permit-related requirements.

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