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Speed up your arrival in Canada at YVR

Information on travel and arrival procedures

Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is collaborating with Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) to pilot the new Voluntary Compliance Portal (VC Portal) to help speed up processing when students arrive in Vancouver. 

The Vancouver Airport Authority (“VAA”) has developed an online form to assist the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) in speeding up international students' arrival at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).   Students should complete as much of the form as possible before travelling to Vancouver.   The information will be sent directly to Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) who will process and print the permits prior to the students' arrival. This can have significant time savings for both the student and CBSA.

Link to the form here: . 

Please note this service is NOT available in Toronto.  Students arriving in Toronto and connecting to Vancouver must clear customs and Immigration in Toronto.  Students are reminded to make sure that there is sufficient time between flights (several hours minimum) to allow processing, which may take longer than usual.

To be eligible, international students must meet the following criteria:

  • Initial entry into Canada must be at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). This process will not apply to students connecting to YVR from another Canadian city
  • They must have a letter of introduction (study permit approval) from IRCC
  • They must submit all the mandatory information at least 72 hours in advance through the VC Portal.

Students will be asked to submit the following information online 

Mandatory information:

  • Unique Client Identifier (UCI) – this can be found on the letter of introduction issued by IRCC
  • Last name (Family name)
  • Planned date of arrival to Vancouver
  • Arriving flight number

Optional information

  • Control document number
  • First name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Passport country of issue

Important Notice - ArriveCAN online form

ALL people travelling to Canada as their final destination must use ArriveCAN before leaving their home country to submit their:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

You must use ArriveCAN before you board your flight to Canada.  Click here for more ArriveCAN details

After arrival...

  • Check-in within 48 hours through the ArriveCAN online form or call 1 833 641 0343.

  • Follow your self-isolation plan

Government links with Isolation Guidelines

Federal government guidelines 

BC Self Isolation Requirements
BC Center for Disease Control guidelines 


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the VC Portal replace the need to obtain immigration documentation? (e.g. visa, permit, eTA)
No. The VC Portal has no affiliation with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), it is only a method of submitting information to IRCC . Submitting information through the VC Portal does not authorize entry to enter Canada. The VC Portal cannot be used to circumvent any visa, permit, ETA, or other documentation requirements.

Who will have access to the information the students submit?
The information that is submitted to the VC Portal will be sent directly to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). No other organization will have access to this information.

What happens if I choose not to submit my information?
Nothing.  This is purely a voluntary process. The VC Portal only serves to speed up the study permit issuance process for for students with approved study permits arriving at Vancouver.

How much in advance can I submit my information?
You can submit information as early as you wish. However, the information must be received at least 72 hours prior to your arrival to YVR.

What happens if I don’t submit my information 72 hours prior to arrival?
There is no guarantee that it will be received and processed.

What should I do if you submit incorrect information?
Resubmit the correct information at the website.