Canada and the United States enjoy a friendly relationship, so it is relatively easy to cross the border. American citizens do not need a visa to visit Canada. If you wish to study, work or immigrate, you will need to meet the qualifications for entry status administered by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (cic.gc.ca) office. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) oversees all aspects of entry into the country.
What documents will be required? – You must have a valid travel document (such as a passport). – Two recent passport photos are required. Make sure these photos meet the requirements. For more information on specifications for photographs, see the Related Links section at the bottom of this page. – Enclose the application fee. Your fee will not be refunded, even if your application is not accepted. – You must provide proof that you have enough money for your visit to Canada. The amount of money may vary, depending on the circumstances for your visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives. You can get more information from the Canadian visa office in your country or region. – You may need to include other documents. These documents could be identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from relatives or friends in Canada, or a proposed itinerary. Check the website of the visa office responsible for the country or region where you live for more information.
If you wish to enter Canada, there are documents you must have in order to cross the border. Without these documents, you will not be allowed into Canada.
A work permit does not guarantee that you will find a job. It is your responsibility to look for work. Even if you work off campus, your studies must be the main reason you are in Canada. If you are no longer a full-time student or do not maintain satisfactory academic results, you must return your work permit to a local Citizenship and Immigration Canada office.