As a general rule, all persons, other than Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, who wish to pursue their studies in the province of Quebec, must obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles (MICC) (commonly called Immigration Quebec) and a Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. However, if your course or program of study is six months or less in duration, you are permitted to study in the province of Quebec and in Canada without having to apply for a CAQ or Study Permit provided you complete such studies within the authorized period of your stay in Canada. People who have Canadian Diplomatic Status are also exempt from getting a CAQ and Study Permit as long as their Canadian Diplomatic Visa is valid.
|International students are required to present their CAQ and their Study Permit to an International Students Office advisor before the DNE (did not enter) deadline of their first term at Concordia and thereafter, EVERY TIME they renew their immigration documents. This directive is in accordance with the funding regulations of the Quebec Ministry of Education which requires that all international students registered at a university in Quebec have a copy of their CAQ and their Study Permit on file at the university. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the CANCELLATION of your course registration.|
The office responsible for the collection of CAQs and Study Permits at Concordia is the International Students Office, Hall Building, Room 653. Please visit our office and present us your documents before the DNE deadline of your first term at Concordia or prior to the expiration of your current documents. It is the responsability of all international students to ensure that their immigration documents are valid and they maintain legal status in Canada during the entire duration of their studies and stay in Canada.
Please note that the ISO is here to assist with your immigration needs as an international student (i.e. Study Permits, CAQ, Temporary Resident Visas, Work Permits). The ISO does not provide advice, information or assistance on immigrating to Canada (i.e. Permanent Residency). International students seeking information on immigrating to Canada can check the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website as well as the Quebec Immigration website: