When you relocate to Quebec with a work permit or study permit, you will find yourself reading pages of rules that apply to your visa, and possibly questioning what you are allowed to do while that permit is valid.
There are so many formalities that come with permits, so we have put together a beginner’s list of things you should definitely know about your study permit or work permit in Quebec.
There are many similarities between the two. For both you’ll need to adhere to the conditions laid out by the visa and have a Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ, Québec Acceptance Certificate). Both permits have fees attached. The differences really lie in the hard fact that one permit is strictly for employment, while the other is strictly for education.
Keep in mind that depending on your country of origin, for both a study permit and a work permit in Quebec, you may also need a temporary residence visa.
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Study Permit in Quebec 101:
- A study permit in Quebec will allow you to attend an educational institution in the province for an allotted time period. This visa may be for an exchange program (one semester or one year), or for the period of a degree program of your choosing.
- To apply, you must have been accepted by an educational institution in Canada, be financially able to support yourself for the period of your visa, have no criminal record and be in good health.
- Without special permission you cannot work off-campus under this permit, and you must obtain a work permit in Quebec if you want to have a job, unless you are completing an internship as part of your program of study.
- If you wish to change your educational institution, you must apply, and obtain new authorizations to do so.
Work Permit in Quebec 101:
- Your stay on a work permit is limited to a maximum of three years (decided at the time of acceptance).
- To apply, you must have no criminal record, be in good health, have a written contract or proof of a job offer from a Canadian company, and have the funds to support yourself and your dependents for the duration of your visa.
- Your work permit in quebec doesn’t allow you to permanently reside in Canada. You can extend your work permit, if needed (which should be done no less than 30 days before your current visa expires). You can also apply for Permanent Residency if you want to stay in Canada.
- Your work permit will provide information on the kind of work you are allowed to do, the employer you have permission to work for, where you are able to work and the period of time you can work for.
- If your work permit has any conditions or restrictions they will be written directly on the permit. If there aren’t any written, then there are no specific conditions you must adhere to.
- Your work permit in Quebec is specific to your employer. If you want to change your employer while in Canada, or extend your employment contract, you need to apply in order to obtain new authorizations.
From the team here at Settle-in.com, we hope you enjoy your study or work when you relocate!
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