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.
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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