About passports

Your passport is your most important immigration document. Your passport is an official document issued by the government of your country of citizenship that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel.

If your passport expires while you are in Canada, all your immigration documents, including your study permit, temporary resident visa and your family’s immigration documents, your Saskatchewan Health Coverage, your Social Insurance Number and your Saskatchewan Driver’s License (if applicable) will expire at the same time.

 It is your responsibility to extend your passport before it expires.

Extending your passport

It is your responsibility to extend your passport before it expires and to contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Canada for instructions on how to obtain a new passport.

 Processing times vary by country and you should allow for up to 6 months of processing time.

Tip: Put in a calendar reminder to keep track of when to renew your passport.

After you receive your new passport

  1. Make a copy of your new passport bio-data page and store the original passport in a safe place, such as a security deposit box at your bank.
  2. Apply for extension of your study permit
  3. Apply for a new Temporary Resident Visa (if you are from a visa-required country)
  4. Apply for extension of your co-op work permit (if applicable)
  5. Apply for extension of your spouse’s or partner’s immigration documents (work permit or visitor record), if applicable
  6. Apply for extension of your children’s immigration documents (study permit or visitor record), if applicable
  7. Apply for extension of your Saskatchewan Health Coverage
  8. Apply for extension of your Social Insurance Number (if applicable)
  9. Apply for extension of your Saskatchewan Driver’s Licence (if applicable) 

If the spelling of your name has changed in your new passport and it is not exactly the same as on your original study permit and all other immigration documents, it is important to come to ISSAC and speak with one of the International Education Officers before applying for the renewal of your study permit and other immigration documents.

If your passport has been lost or stolen

If your passport has been lost or stolen, follow the below steps and if you need further assistance, contact ISSAC to speak with one of the International Education Officers: 

  1. Contact the nearest police department or Royal Canadian Mounted Police to report that your passport has been lost or stolen.

  2. Contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Canada for instructions on how to obtain a new passport.

  3. If your study permit has been lost or stolen together with your passport, you must submit an Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document [IMM 5009] to replace your study permit. 

You should not leave Canada until you get your new document.


The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by an immigration lawyer in compliance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to www.cic.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information, or contact ISSAC.


Getting help

Use the International Student Guide to learn about life as an international student at the U of S including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.

International Student Guide

If you can't find what you need in the International Student Guide contact The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). We are here to help! Drop-in advising is available.

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