Individual Tax Number (ITN)

Apply for an ITN if you're not eligible for a SIN and you need to file Canadian taxes. Apply early - it can take a couple of months to process.

What is an ITN?

An Individual Tax Number (ITN) is a unique number that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses to identify you for tax purposes if you aren't eligible for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) (e.g. because you don’t have a study permit allowing you to work).

Do I need an ITN?

If you are an international student who is not eligible for a SIN, you need to get an ITN if:

  • You received a scholarship or award from UBC. Enrolment Services requires all scholarship and award recipients to enter either a SIN or an ITN into the Student Service Centre (SSC) by January so UBC can prepare T4A tax forms, or

  • You want to file a Canadian tax return.

How to apply for an ITN

An ITN can take up to 8 weeks to process. If you receive an award or are planning to file Canadian taxes, you should apply as soon as you arrive in Canada.

Follow the step-by-step instructions on our tutorial page.

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If you have questions

International Student Advising is ready to support you on questions related to immigration, health insurance, and life as an international student in Canada.

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