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Step 2. Entry and stay autorizations

 

In addition to meeting the conditions specified by the Canadian government, international students who wish to study in Québec must satisfy certain requirements introduced by the Government of Québec.

 

Along with your admission letter, available online, you may have to obtain the following documents:

  • Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)
  • Study Permit issued by the Government of Canada
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  • Transit visa (if needed)

  

1 semester exchange

"Visitor » status in Canada"

(less than 6 months)

Exceptionaly and due to COVID-19 restrictions, 1 semester exchange students wishing to come to Canada MAY have to apply for a Study permit. No CAQ is required, but you must replace it in the application by a letter of support HEC Montréal will send by email.

Step 1 : Make sure your passport is valid until at least six (6) months after your stay in Canada

Step 2 :

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you may now enter Canada for study for 6 months or less with a valid travel document (visitor visa or electronic travel authorization [eTA]). However, there are advantages to getting a study permit for study for 6 months or less, including facilitating re-entry to Canada if you travel during your studies.

If you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must meet all of the following requirements to come to Canada to study for 6 months or less: Apply for a Study Permit (and entry document* in the same application) 

*If your Study permit is issued, you will automatically obtain one entry documents:  TRV or eTA, depending on your citizenship and status.

 

2 semester exchange

"Temporary resident" status in Canada

(over 6 months)

Step 1 : Make sure your passport is valid until at least six (6) months after your stay in Canada

Step 2 : Apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)

Step 3 : Apply for a Study Permit (and entry document* in the same application) only once the CAQ has been approved

*If your Study permit is issued, you will automatically obtain one entry documents:  TRV or eTA, depending on your citizenship and status.

All formalities must be carried out BEFORE your departure for Canada.  

Consult the list of Visa Application Centers (VACs) to complete the study permit application. Please be cautious of fraud and only contact the centers from this list.

Working in Canada 

If you do not have a Study permit, you cannot work in Canada. Only exchange students with a valid Study permit on which is mentioned the condition authorizing work off campus are allowed to work part time in Canada after the program has started.

Importance notice! 

Failure to obtain your entry authorizations before your arrival in Canada could make it difficult or impossible for you to enter the country. If you are unable to provide HEC Montréal with proof that you have obtained the necessary immigration documents before your arrival, the school will be unable to officially admit you.

Please contact us immediately should you have any questions or problems : incoming@hec.ca

 

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