Valid passport (or proof of citizenship for U.S. citizens)
Valid Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable)
Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit application. Submit this letter to a Canadian Immigration Officer when you arrive at the border to obtain your actual Study Permit.
Original Letter of Acceptance from Western University
Proof of funds available for your stay in Canada (money transfer, letter of credit, scholarship/assistantship letter, or other proof)
Marriage Certificate and/or proof of common-law status (if applicable)
Any other documents recommended by the Canadian Visa Office where you applied for your Study Permit
If you are a US Citizen/ Permanent Resident or a resident of Greenland or St. Pierre and Michelon and are applying for a study permit at the border ensure you have all the required documents and the application form.
Carry all of the above documents with you when you travel to Canada and be prepared to show them to the Canadian Immigration officials at the Canadian Port of Entry (e.g., the airport). Do not pack these documents in your checked luggage. Make photocopies to leave with family or friends at home.
Other Important Documents You May Want to Bring
A list of any items that you are sending separately or which you do not clear through customs when you arrive. Have the list stamped by immigration, if possible.
Medical and Immunization (vaccination) Records, translated if possible
Medical Insurance Policy (if applicable)
Driver’s license or International Driver’s license, driving insurance records, and Vehicle Registration and Insurance Papers if you plan to drive in Canada
a list of important phone numbers
Please click here for a printable checklist (PDF 170KB)
When you arrive in Canada, you should have access to at least enough money for your immediate needs (e.g., food and accommodation for your first week). We do not recommend carrying a large amount of cash, but having enough money for a pay phone call, a few meals and/or a taxi ride will make your trip more comfortable. For more information, view our Money Matters page.