What to expect at the Canadian border
The closest border to Kelowna is the Osoyoos-Oroville border. It is also possible to enter the U.S. via other larger crossings near Vancouver. Prepare for your border crossing by reading Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s helpful tips. Below is some additional information to help you prepare for your initial entrance to Canada:
Get your immigration documents in order
Before leaving for Canada, make sure that you have your passport, Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) (if you require one), and an up-to-date UBC admission or enrollment letter. To obtain your study permit from the border officer, you will also need the letter of introduction issued by the IRCC. Consider also bringing proof that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada.
Check the terms outlined in your immigration documents
Make sure your name, dates, and other information are correct.
You may want to make a list of items in your luggage and fill in the form BSF186 (PDF) for the valuables you are bringing to Canada.
At the border, answer every question truthfully, consistently, and calmly
You may be asked what you will do and how long you are going to study in Canada. Service at the border is available in English and French. If you do not understand what is being said, ask if an interpreter is available. Expect to spend one to three hours at the border during busy periods, during which time you may be unable to use the telephone or leave the immigration area.
Plan your journey from the border to your destination
If you are arriving in Vancouver by plane, visit the Vancouver Airport website as well as the Translink Trip Planner to map out your route from the airport. You may also consider taking a taxi.
The information on this page may change
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.