Everything You Need to Know About Quebec Student Visa Requirements

There are a lot of great advantages to choosing to study in Québec. It’s home to ten fantastic universities, dozens of colleges (CÉGEP), and hundreds of other great schools. Studying in Québec gives you the option to study in English, French, or both, and earn an internationally respected education.

Free Assessment

As the only French province in Canada, Québec has a distinct cultural identity that offers international students a unique experience. However, Québec student visa requirements are a little different from the rest of Canada.

NOTE: You do not need a CAQ or a study permit if you intend to study a program that is less than 6 months in duration.

QUÉBEC STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you want to study in Québec as an international student, you have to go through a slightly different process from other provinces.

1. ADMISSION TO A QUÉBEC SCHOOL

As with the rest of Canada, the first step is to be accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the province.

NOTE: Not all programs offered at DLIs make you eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) or permanent residence. If you intend to stay in Canada after graduation, make sure that the program you’ve been accepted into qualifies.

In general, to be accepted into a Québec school, you have to meet certain educational and language requirements. However, the exact requirements will depend on the program you are applying to.

2. CERTIFICAT D’ACCEPTATION DU QUÉBEC (CAQ)

Sometimes called a Québec study visa, a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate – CAQ) is a document issued by the Ministère d’immigration, de diversité, et d’inclusion (Ministry for Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion – MIDI) of Québec. This document attests that Québec has accepted you as an international student, and is required before you can apply for a study permit if your program of study is in Québec.

REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to apply for a CAQ, you need to meet the following requirements.

  1. Be accepted into a Québec designated learning institution;
  2. Pay the fees associated with a CAQ application;
  3. Agree to comply with the conditions for issuing a CAQ for studies; and
  4. Meet financial capacity requirements.

CONDITIONS FOR ISSUING A CAQ FOR STUDIES:

You must agree to comply with the conditions for issuing a CAQ for studies, such as receiving instruction for the program or level of study indicated in your application.

You must also agree to make studies your principal activity in Canada, and maintain, for yourself and any accompanying family, health insurance for the entire time you are in Canada.

FINANCIAL CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS:

You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees, transportation costs, and living expenses. For 2017, these amounts, not including tuition fees, are estimated at:

  • For one person under age 18: $6,171
  • For one person age 18 or older: $12,341
  • For two persons age 18 or older: $18,098
  • For one person over age 18 and one under age 18: $16,584
  • For two persons over age 18 and one under age 18: $20,274
  • For two persons over age 18 and two under age 18: $21,881

You have to provide proof that you have sufficient funds to study in Québec, but you do not need to spend this money.

The financial requirement can be intimidating for many prospective students. Keep in mind that you don’t need to pay this money to study in Québec, you just need to demonstrate to MIDI that you have enough money to support yourself, and any accompanying family members, in Québec.

NOTE: International students are also able to work up to 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week during regular breaks) to help support themselves. If your spouse is accompanying you, they may also be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit, to help offset the cost of living in Quebec.

3. STUDY PERMIT

Once you have a CAQ, you have to apply for a study permit from the Government of Canada. Upon receiving your study permit, you’re ready to start studying in Canada!

Canadim’s Study-2-Immigrate program can help you come to any province in Canada as an international student! Get started today with a free online student assessment:

Get Started

Sincerely,

The Canadim Team!
www.canadim.com

Recent articles

New Immigration program

Canada Permanent Residence

Canada’s TR to PR immigration programs for Essential Workers and International Students

As of May 6, 2021, essential workers and international graduates currently working in Canada can apply for Canadian permanent residency under favourable new Immigration programs.

Hong Kong Work Permit

Canada Work Permit

Canada Launches New Open Work Permit for Hong Kong Residents

Starting February 8th 2021, eligible Hong Kong residents can apply for a 3 year Canadian open work permit, designed to give highly educated Hong Kong residents the opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Canadian Immigration 2021

2021 Canadian Immigration Forecast

As 2020 draws to a close, we can confidently say that it’s been an impressive year in immigration, and things don’t look to be slowing […]

Canada Permanent Residence | Canadian immigration 2020

Landing in Canada During COVID-19

In order to finish your application process for Canadian permanent residency, you need to land in Canada. However, with the border currently closed to non-essential […]

Canada Permanent Residence | Canadian immigration 2020

How to Immigrate to Canada From Nigeria

The number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada has tripled in the last five years. Nigeria is now one of the main source countries of Canada’s […]

Canadian immigration 2020

How to Immigrate to Canada From Lebanon

The Lebanese population in Canada is one of the fastest growing demographics. In 2001, there were nearly 144,000 Lebanese in Canada. According to the 2016 […]

Work in Canada

The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Job in Canada in 2021

Many foreign nationals look to Canada as a land of opportunity, hoping to secure a comfortable life for themselves and their families. One of the […]

International Students

COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada

There’s no denying that right now is a difficult time to be an international student. With the interruption of classes, student residencies shutting down, an […]

Provincial Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Easiest Provinces to Get Canadian Permanent Residence in 2021

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) allow each province and territory to select candidates that meet their specific criteria and nominate them for Canadian permanent residence.  […]

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP): How to find a job offer

Canada’s Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) has been growing in strides since its introduction in 2017, and has quickly become a promising option for those […]

International Students | Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

PNP Immigration Options for International Students in 2021

If you want to come study in Canada as an international student, you might be wondering which province you should study in. Are there benefits […]

Canadian Immigration 2017

Best Places to Relocate in Canada From the US

Considering making the move across the border from the U.S. to Canada? You’re not alone. In 2019, more than 10,000 U.S. residents made the move […]

International Students | Study-2-Immigrate

Should I Study in Canada or the US?: Six Reasons to Choose Canada

Speedy processing times for study permits, top-quality educational institutions, and an open and welcoming society are just some of factors that influence international students when […]

International Students | Study Permit

5 Reasons Canadian Study Permit Applications Get Refused

Studying in Canada is a dream come true for many international students. When you receive a letter of acceptance from a Canadian school, it might […]

Family Sponsorship | International Students

How to Bring Your Family With You While Studying in Canada

There are a lot of great benefits to being an international student in Canada, including the ability to bring family with you while you study.  […]

Canadian Immigration 2021

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Gains Traction in Thunder Bay

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program (RNIP) has been gaining traction in the northwestern Ontario city of Thunder Bay.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

How Manitoba Encourages Settlement in Smaller Communities

As more and more newcomers settle in Canada’s urban regions, rural Manitoba communities turn to immigration programs to increase their populations and fill labour market […]

Living in Canada

How Might the Upcoming Canadian Federal Election Affect Immigration?

Following Trudeau’s request for a snap election earlier this month, we are not likely to see major changes in Canadian immigration policy in the near […]

Canada Work Permit | Canadian Immigration 2021

Open Work Permits Now Available for TR to PR Applicants

Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that applicants awaiting a decision on their TR to PR Pathway applications are eligible to apply for an open work […]

Canada Permanent Residence | Canadian Immigration 2021

Canada Launches Two Permanent Residence Programs for Hong Kong Residents

On June 8th 2021, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced 2 new permanent residence streams for eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada. Pursuant […]

Free assessment

Discover your Canadian immigration options. Get your free assessment now!