Quebec Acceptance Certificate or Selection Certificate

If you are a foreigner coming to study or work temporarily in Quebec, or if you wish to immigrate, you must obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate or Selection Certificate (CAQ/CSQ) as along with your  federal visa.

The Quebec Acceptance Certificate or Selection Certificate, is the document which proves you are authorized to work, study or live in the province of Quebec specifically. Your employer or your educational institution may need this document to proceed with your recruiting formalities or registration.

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How to apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate or Selection Certificate

  • Application forms and procedures are available online on the Immigration Quebec (MICC) website. Students can access there here. If you apply for CAQ/CSQ as part of your Work Permit process, click here. For permanent residence, you’ll find the appropriate forms here.
  • Always fill in the forms with great care and provide all required documents. Paperwork differs according to the country you apply from.
  • For the most part, you will need to provide identification documents, proof of your financial capacity to maintain yourself in Quebec, a letter from the admissions office of the educational institution you will be attending, or a letter of employment, amongst other information.


The fees associated with the Certificate of Acceptance or Selection depend on the status you are applying for.

  • Students pay $108.
  • Temporary workers pay $189.
  • Permanent residents undergo the closest examination and processing, so their fees reach $757.

Fees can be paid online, or by other methods including bank drafts or cheques to the Ministre des Finances du Québec.


Once your application is completed (including your payment), you’ll have to wait for the MICC to process it. Processing times vary according to the status you apply for, and the country you apply from.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a Certificate of Acceptance or Selection in your name. Check it for misspellings or  errors in your date of birth or the dates of validity.

If your application is not accepted, you have the right to set up an appointment with an official from the MICC to defend your situation.

Explore the MICC website to learn more about the Certificate of Acceptance or Selection.


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