Quebec Study Permit – Must-haves and Steps to Apply
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Are you a student who is planning to pursue higher education in a foreign country? Is Canada in your mind?
The Canadian province of Quebec is well-known for its superior educational standards. Each Quebec university or college offers a diverse range of courses. There is a frequent misconception that education in foreign nations, such as Canada, is prohibitively expensive. But in reality, the province of Quebec provides outstanding educational opportunities at an affordable fee.
Quebec is the ideal destination for students to pursue their higher education because the cost of living in this province of Canada is the lowest. The other reason is that Quebec’s universities are renowned for their educational excellence.
Some famously recognised universities of Quebec are:
- McGill University
- Université de Montréal
- Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Université de Laval
- Concordia University
Quebec study permit – Must-haves
In order to acquire a Quebec study permit, you must obtain:
- Letter of Acceptance from Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
- Certificat d’acceptation du Québec/Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ)
Things you need to do – To get a Quebec Study Permit
- Enroll for a course in one of the institutes affiliated with the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Quebec. Since each institution has its unique set of admissions standards, it is vital to read and meet all of them in order to get admitted.
- Register for the CAQ document. You will be allowed to apply for a study visa only after acquiring a CAQ.
- Gather all of the documentation you’ll need to prove you have enough money to cover your academics and living costs in Canada.
- Obtain medical insurance for the length of your visit to Quebec.
What is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?
A Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is a school that has been certified by the government of Quebec to accept overseas students. All primary and secondary schools in Canada are designated Learning institutions.
How to obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?
In order to obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), list down the university or institution you wish to pursue your education. Next, find out the DLI number and write it down under the section of details of the intended study in Canada on your study permit application. Although most universities still send acceptance letters in the mail, many institutions now notify applicants of their admissions choices through email or application websites, informing them if they’ve been admitted, refused, or waitlisted.
What is Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)?
A CAQ (Certificat d’acceptance du Québec) is a Quebec Acceptance Certificate. This document allows you to stay in Quebec for a certain period of time. If you want to study in Quebec for more than six months, you must obtain a CAQ. Only when you have obtained a CAQ will you be eligible to apply for a study permit. A CAQ has a 49-month validity period. After you have received your CAQ, you should apply for study permits.
Who does not require CAQ?
Anyone who wishes to stay in Quebec for not more than six months is not required to obtain a CAQ. Additionally, anyone who is participating in federal assistance programs and has a scholarship from the Commonwealth or Global Affairs Canada is also exempted from CAQ requirements. Individuals who are refugees or protected persons in Canada, registered as Indians under the Indian Act, spouses living in Quebec, and people who have a temporary residence visa are all exempt from CAQ criteria.
How to check the CAQ application status?
You will get an email from Immigration Quebec after your CAQ application has been processed, prompting you to check your online CAQ portal for your electronic CAQ acceptance letter. Your CAQ acceptance letter will be accessible in pdf format, which you may save or download. You can apply for your study permit using this electronic CAQ approval letter. To apply for your study permit, you do not need to wait for the original/hard copy of the CAQ certificate.
You can apply for a study permit through the Quebec federal government portal once you have obtained your DLI and CAQ.
Steps to apply for Quebec Study Permit
Step 1: Check your eligibility before you apply for the study permit.
Step 2: Gather all the required documents such as acceptance letters from DLI, CAQ, evidence of financial documents, and health insurance.
Step 3: Apply for the study permit from the Government of Canada website.
Step 4: Create an account on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, and you can submit an application electronically using scanned or electronic copies of documents.
Step 5: Since a study permit is not a visa application, you will be required to apply for a travel visa once you obtain your study permit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the validity of my study permit be automatically updated if the length of my course changes?
How long does a visitor's visa last?
What are the prerequisites for a student visitor visa?
After completing my studies, how do I apply for a PR in Quebec?
Can I work in Quebec with a student visa?