Visas and Permits

Entering Canada

To attend Durham College, you need a valid study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). You must keep track of all of your immigration documentation expiry dates, including your study permit and passport expiry dates, to maintain your immigration status. It is your responsibility to ensure your documents remain valid during your studies in Canada.

TRV or eTA

Most students attending Durham College will need a TRV to enter Canada; some students will need an eTA to enter Canada. You can find out which one you need here

What is a TRV?

A TRV or Temporary Entry Visa is a stamp, sticker or a counterfoil that is affixed to your passport. The expiry date on the TRV indicates the deadline date that you have to enter Canada. You may need to apply for a new TRV if you are traveling to another country (except the United States) and need to re‐enter Canada.

See our TRV handout for more information, including how to renew your TRV.

Studying in Canada

You must hold a valid study permit to study at Durham College if your program is more than 6 months in length. You are able to work off campus if you are registered as a full-time student at Durham College, and you have a condition on your study permit that authorizes working off campus.

Your Study Permit needs to remain valid while you are studying in Canada.

See our Renew Your Study Permit handout for more information. 

Co-op/Placement/Internship during your studies


If your program has a co-op or placement or internship, you need to have a co-op work permit. You are required to have a co-op work permit before you start your work term. Read more about working as a co-op/placement/internship student here

If you were not issued a co-op work permit when you received your study permit, please visit the International Education office for a letter you will need to apply for a co-op work permit. You can then apply online on the IRCC website

Check here to see if your program has co-op.

To check if your program has a field placement or internship, review the program webpage. 

For further information, including detailed information on how to apply, read our Co-op Work Permit handout.



If you plan to remain in Canada to work, you may wish to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). A Post‐Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is a document that gives you permission to remain in Canada and work full‐time for up to three years (depending on the length of your program) after you graduate from a Canadian post‐secondary institution. You need to have completed all requirements to graduate from a program of at least eight months’ duration to be eligible. For information about applying for a PGWP, read our PGWP-Handout.