Your Study Permit in Quebec

When it comes to your Study Permit in Quebec, there is some information that you may want to understand in regards to changes, working and extending your permit.


Changing Institutions:

If you come to Quebec on a study permit, and decide that you want to change educational institutions after a semester or a year, you certainly can. As a post-secondary student, you don’t need to apply for a new study permit in Quebec, or for a change in condition of your study permit if you want to change schools, programs, fields of study, or level of study (for example, a Bachelor’s degree to a Master’s degree). You study permit can be used for the full time it is valid.

Working on a Study Permit in Quebec:

You have the right to work on your campus with your study permit in Quebec. If you want to have a full-time off-campus job you will have to apply to the CIC’s work permit program for international students. This includes permits for work on campus, off campus, as an intern or co-op, and for work permits after you graduate. For more information on getting a student work permit, click here.

Extending your Study Permit in Quebec:

If your degree is going to take longer than expected, or you want to stay in Canada as a student to complete another degree, you will need to apply to extend your study permit. To do this, you’ll need to fill out an application to Change Conditions of your study permit, or Extend Your Stay in Canada. You need to apply at least 30 days before your current study permit expires. You can apply online, or print the form and mail it in. For more information on this process and links to the forms, click here.

If you are planning to extend your permit, you should also make sure that the Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ) you have is still valid for that time period. If it is not, or if you are changing your level of studies, you will need to file for a new CAQ. You can find the form here, and also pay the fees associated with the application.


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About Jerry

Before my family and I relocated to Canada where I received a teaching opportunity at one of the country’s renowned universities, my wife and kids were naturally full of questions. What would the schools be like? How does healthcare work? Is Canadian French very different than European French? What about Canadian English verses European English? How cold are those frigid northern winters we’ve heard so much about? The only way to fully understand a new city or country is to experience it first-hand. My family and I decided to embrace our relocation as an adventure. Years after the move, we still consider “The Great White North” our home, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with our quality of life here. // Avant que ma famille et moi-même soyons relocalisés au Canada parce que j’ai eu l’opportunité d’aller enseigner dans l’une des universités assez réputée du pays, ma femme et mes enfants avaient naturellement beaucoup de questions. A quoi ressemblent les écoles ? Comment fonctionne le système de santé ? Le français canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en France ? L’anglais canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en Europe? Est-ce que les hivers sont vraiment très rigoureux? La meilleure façon de comprendre entièrement une nouvelle ville et un pays est d’en faire personnellement l’expérience. Ma famille et moi avons décidé de voir la relocalisation comme une aventure. Quelques années plus tard, nous considérons “Le Grand Nord Blanc” comme notre maison et nous ne pourrions pas être plus satisfaits.