Canadian citizens do not need visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility from the university, school or exchange program they plan to attend. Upon receipt of the I-20 (or DS-2019), the student will be registered with SEVIS, the student tracking system, will be assigned a SEVIS number, and will be required to pay a registration fee. When crossing the border to begin their study or exchange program in the United States, the student will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry:
- A Canadian passport;
- The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate;
- Proof that the SEVIS fee has been paid;
- Proof of ability to pay school fees and living expenses in the United States; and
- Proof of ties to Canada.