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Arriving in Canada

Arriving at the airport

The closest international airport to Oshawa is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Ontario. There are two terminals at the airport: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. There is a free, fully accessible train (the Terminal Link train) that connects both terminals.

The Toronto Pearson interactive maps tool includes all amenities, restaurants, retail and security checkpoints. You can use this tool to search for the service or amenity that you need, then create step-by-step directions to help you navigate the facilities at Toronto Pearson with ease.

Make sure you have all of your documentation to ensure customs and immigration is a smooth process.

What to expect at customs and immigration

  • Step 1: Fill out your Declaration Card
  • Step 2: Go to customs and immigration
    • When you arrive at the airport in Canada, you will see signs in both English and French to direct you. Follow the signs that read Arrivals and Customs (also known as the immigration area).
    • When you arrive at customs, there will be lines for Canadian citizens and non-Canadian citizens. Make sure you get in the appropriate line.
    • Respond to all questions the immigration officer asks you with simple, clear answers. 
      • Service is available in English and French. If you do not understand questions clearly, ask for an interpreter. 
    • Be patient as there could be a long waiting period.
  • Step 3: Get your study permit
    • At customs, you must indicate that you are coming to Canada to study. Show your Letter of Introduction which confirms your study permit was approved.
    • Next, you will speak to an immigration officer at your port of entry (most likely your port of entry will be in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver). The immigration official will examine your documents. If everything is correct, the official will give you your study permit. 
  • Step 4: Review your study permit for accuracy

    Although you will probably be tired from your flight, be sure to read your study permit carefully and ask the immigration official to explain anything you do not understand.

    Check your study permit to make sure the following items are correct:

    • The spelling of your name and all of your personal information.
    • The expiration date on your study permit: 
      • The date should match your expected date of graduation from the Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology). If your passport expires before your expected date of graduation, the study permit will be issued to expire at the time of your passport. If your study permit expires earlier, ask the immigration official there, as it will be easier and faster to correct.
    • Work eligibility conditions:
      • If you are a full-time international student, make sure one of the following two conditions is written on your study permit:
        • May work 20 hours per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of Immigrations and Refugee Protection Regulations.
        • May accept employment on or off-campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per section 186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria below.

    It is your responsibility to understand and comply with immigration regulations while you are in Canada.