Reduced Study Permit Wait times at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Is your first point of entry into Canada, Vancouver International Airport (YVR)?
To help reduce the wait time for a study permit at Immigration in the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) students with a Study Permit Approval letter from IRCC are now able to able to enter information using the new Voluntary Compliance Portal. This information gives the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) time to review and print study permits before the student arrives to YVR. This process is voluntary and not required. If you do not complete this process it will take longer to process your study permit when you arrive at YVR.
To use this online portal, you must meet the following:
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) must be your first point of entry into Canada. You cannot connect to YVR via a domestic flight; and
You must have a letter of introduction from IRCC (study permit approval); and
You must submit all the mandatory information at least 72 hours in advance.
You are not eligible to submit information for your study permit and must obtain it through the regular process at Immigration at the airport you arrive to first in Canada. This program is only for people who arrive to Vancouver International Airport as their first entry into Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, this portal is not related to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Submitting information through the portal does not authorize entry to Canada.
This is purely a voluntary process. The Voluntary Compliance Portal only serves to expedite the study permit issuance process for approved study permits at the port of entry.
No, this portal can only be used for students arriving to Vancouver International Airport as their first entry into Canada. If a student is arriving into another airport or by land (via the US border) they must follow the regular process to obtain their study permit.
There is no guarantee that it will be received and processed. This might result in you obtaining your study permit through the regular process at Immigration in YVR.