Immigration Procedures

Immigration Procedures

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of August 1, 2015, if you arrive in Canada by air and do not come from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, your travels to Canada now require one new step for immigration.  As of March 15, 2016 this will be a mandatory requirement to board a plane to travel to Canada.

Students arriving by air from a visa-exempt country must now obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you applied for your Study Permit before July 31, 2015 you will need to apply for an eTA. If you received your Study Permit after August 1, 2015 you will automatically be issued an eTA along with your Study Permit. US citizens only do not require an eTA or a visitor visa.

The cost of an eTA is $7 CAD. Your eTA will be valid for 5 years or up until your passport expiry date, whichever is first. Individual applications are done online and payment is made with a credit card. The simple process takes just a few minutes to complete and receive your authorization.

Find out if you need a Visitor Visa, Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada:

Documents Needed

To study in Québec you will need two documents which are usually issued for three (3) years of study and renewed for the fourth year:

  1. The provincial ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion will issue the Certificate of Acceptance/Certificat d’acceptation (C.A.Q.).
  2. The federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will provide the Study Permit/Permis de séjour.

You will need both of these to study at Bishop’s University. It is mandatory to provide the Admissions office with a photocopy of each document the first week of semester for government reporting.

Study Permit and Immigration Assistance

It is the responsibility of the student to apply for and obtain both the Quebec CAQ and the Canadian Study Permit prior to commencing their studies at Bishop’s. While Bishop’s cannot assist you with this procedure, we work with two organizations that can answer questions and assist you with the process. The two companies are:

Campbell Cohen Law Firm, Montreal, Quebec – attorneys and certified immigration consultants.
For more information please visit their websites: and (for international students already in Canada) or contact Ms. Kara Crudo:

Telephone: +1-514-937-9445
Toll Free North America: 1-888-947-9445

iHeartCanada, Toronto, Ontario – licensed Immigration Consultants and Certified Education Counsellors.
For more information please visit their website: or contact Mr. Scott Smith:

Telephone (mobile): +1-647-836-8472
Skype: sasimmigration

CANADIM Immigration Law Firm, Montreal, Quebec – Attorney Renaud Dery
For more information please visit or contact Ms. Nadia Bhuptani:

Telephone: +1-514-989-9700

Instructions for International Students
Instructions for Exchange Students coming to Bishop's