Required authorizations

To follow a course of more than six months in Québec as a foreign student, you must obtain the following two documents:  

  • Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies, issued by the government of Québec; 
  • Study permit, issued by the government of Canada. 

To obtain these documents, necessary to stay in Québec as a foreign student, you must first be admitted to a designated learning institution This hyperlink will open in a new window.y in Québec.

You must then apply for temporary selection for studiesas soon as you obtain your letter of admission from the learning institution. If your application is accepted, you will obtain a CAQ.

You do not have to wait for a paper copy of your CAQ to apply for your study permit from the Canadian government; you can submit the letter of confirmation from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) available in your online file.

Before starting, check if you are in one of the situations where you do not need the Québec Acceptance Certificate for studies.  

Important: If you postpone your studies by more than one semester, you will have to obtain a new Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies.

Situations where you do not need a Québec Acceptance Certificate for studies

You do not need a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies if you are in one of the following situations:  

  • You wish to study in a program of six months or less.
  • You are participating in a federal assistance program for developing countries, for example if you have a scholarship from:
    • the Commonwealth;
    • Global Affairs Canada;
    • the Francophonie.
  • You are a minor in one of the following situations:
    • You are asking for asylum;
    • You are a recognized refugee;
    • You are a recognized protected person in Canada.
  • You are a refugee or protected person in Canada;
  • You are a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;
  • Your spouse is staying in Québec as a:
    • Diplomatic agent;
    • Consular representative;
    • International civil servant.
  • You are staying in Québec and your spouse who has Canadian citizenship or permanent residence has applied for an undertaking on your behalf;
  • You have a temporary residence permit with a view to obtaining your permanent residence;
  • You are completing your entire online study program in Québec or abroad.
  • You wish to take French courses offered by the Québec government.
General notice

If part of your online study program requires your presence in Québec, you must obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies and a study permit. This applies regardless of the duration of your required presence in Québec.

You can wait up to six weeks after your arrival in Canada to obtain your Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) if you are a legal resident of:

  • United States;
  • Greenland;
  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

Minor child accompanying you

Your accompanying minor child does not have to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) to study in Québec if you are in one of the following situations:  
 

  • Your child is of preschool age; 
     
  • Your child is already in Québec, has the obligation to attend elementary or secondary school and you are staying in Québec: 
    • As a temporary foreign worker; 
    • As a foreign student; 
    • To receive medical treatment.  
       
  • You are a parent in one of the following situations:  
    • You are asking for asylum;  
    • You are a recognized refugee; 
    • You are a recognized protected person in Canada.
  • You are a parent who is staying in Québec as a:  
    • Diplomatic agent; 
    • Consular representative; 
    • International civil servant. 

Last update: November 18, 2022

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