Can I Travel Outside Of Canada With A Study Or Work Permit?

Study permit or work permit is not a travel document. It does not give you the right to travel to Canada. A lot of work permit or study permit holders mistakenly think that they can come back to Canada with their study or work permit, untilthey are denied their flight to Canada and stuck in another country.

Along with your work or study permit, you also need an Electronic Travel Authorization(ETA) or visitor visa(also called Temporary Resident Visa). Temporary Resident Visa is an official document that is stuck to your passport. It shows you meet the requirement of entering Canada. If you plan to travel outside Canada, you need to make sure your visitor visa or ETA is still valid at the time you return to Canada.

1. Electronic Travel Authorization

An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) (if you plan to travel to Canada by air)is needed if you’re from a visa-exempt country. You don’t need an ETA if you’re arriving by car, bus, train or boat (including cruise ship).

Renewing Your Work Permit

If the government issue your renewed work permit on or after May 1, 2017, the government will automatically issue you an ETA as well.

If the government issued your renewed work permit before May 1, 2017 and you don’t already have an ETA, you will need to get one before you return to Canada by air.

If You’re A Lawful Permanent Resident Of The United States

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. need an ETA to fly to Canada. If you received your work permit before August 1, 2015, you need to apply for an ETA if you:

  • don’t already have one and
  • plan to travel from and return to Canada by air.

If you received your work permit on or after August 1, 2015, the government automatically issued you an ETA.

Your ETA is linked to the passport you used to apply for your work permit. When flying to Canada you must travel with:

  • the valid passport you used to apply for your work permit and
  • your proof of status in the U.S. (like a valid Green Card)

You don’t need an ETA when driving to Canada or arriving by train, bus, or boat. However, you will need to provide proof of your U.S. lawful permanent resident status (such as your Green Card).

Starting May 1, 2017, eligible citizens of select visa-required countries (Brazilian, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens) will receive an ETA when they renew their work permit. The ETA is electronically linked to the passport you used to renew your permit and is valid for five years or until your passport expires.

2. VISITOR VISA

You’ll need a valid visa and a valid work permit or study permit to return to Canada to work or study.If your visitor visa will not be valid at the time you return to Canada, you must apply for a new visitor visa at least 2 months before your departure.

Single-Entry Temporary Resident Visa

  • If you have a single-entry temporary resident visa, you will generally need a new visa to come back to Canada.
  • You can request to return to Canada on your original single-entry temporary resident visa, if:

◦you will only visit the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon; and

◦you will return to Canada before the end of your approved stay in Canada.

Multiple-Entry Temporary Resident Visa

  • you can come back to Canada, if you have a multiple-entry temporary resident visa and it has not expired.

Expired Temporary Resident Visa

  • You can ask to come back to Canada on your original temporary resident visa, even if it is expired, if: ◦you will only visit the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon, and

◦you will return to Canada before the end of your approved stay in Canada.

If you are stuck in another country as a result of the expired temporary resident visa, you need to find the nearest Canadian embassy and apply for a temporary resident visa. Depending on the country, it can take from 6 days to 2 months to process a temporary resident visa application.

For further questions contact one of our experience Immigration lawyers for advice.

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