Before You Arrive

Immigration Documents

As an international student, there are a number of documents you need to enter and study in Canada. You are responsible for maintaining your immigration status and complying with immigration regulations while you're here.

Most international students at CNC require:


A passport is an official document of citizenship issued by the government of your country, certifying your identity and citizenship, to be used when traveling to and from foreign countries. Applications can take up to three months, so apply as soon as possible.

Study permit

The study permit is a document we issue that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada. All international students in programs longer than six months need a valid study permit.

To apply for a study permit extension, follow the instructions in this video.

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) & Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Once you have been accepted and received your visa, please arrange your accommodation and travel, it is important to make preparations for adapting to your studies. Please arrange to arrive in Prince George prior to your program start date. CNC offers students a full orientation, that is mandatory for new students.

Arrival in Prince George

If you have been accepted into the CNC Residence, a CNC staff member will pick you up at the airport. If you have a previously arranged Homestay placement, your host family will pick you up at the airport. If under exceptional circumstances, your host family is unable to pick you up at the airport, a CNC staff member will pick you up instead.

The airport also has a shuttle service that can be arranged in advance. Taxis are also available at the airport: Emerald Taxi 250-563-3333, Prince George Taxi 250-564-4444.