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Extending your stay in Canada

Are you looking to continue your studies, work or immigrate to Canada after you graduate? Here are the steps you need to take.

Remember to also renew the immigration documents for your family (partner and children)

Why would you like to extend your stay? 

Step 1: Once you are officially registered, apply online to renew the CAQ.

Step 2: Get an extension of your study permit.

If you have earned enough credits to graduate:
Promptly apply for a post-graduation work permit. If you don’t do it quickly, you risk not being able to apply for it at the end of your studies.

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

Step 1: As soon as you get your proof of enrollment, apply to renew your CAQ online.

Step 2: Apply for an extension of your study permit.

Working in Canada:
Have you earned enough credits to graduate? If yes, then apply as soon as possible for a post-graduation work permit.

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

Step 1: Apply online to renew your CAQ.

Step 2: Apply for an extension of your study permit.

Are you a master’s student in the thesis stream? While submitting your CAQ application, also include a letter from your thesis director indicating the tentative date on which you will submit your thesis.

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

Is your new program of study different from the one for which you received your immigration documents? You do not have to renew this authorization.

Exceptions

If you’ve changed your level of studies

Renew your CAQ online

In your application, include transcripts from your former program and your new admission letter.


If your immigration documents are about to lapse

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

You usually renew your immigration documents if you have completed a program or if you would like to start a new one.

Step 1: Renew your CAQ online. While submitting your application, also include transcripts from your former program and your new admission letter.

Step 2: Apply for an extension of your study permit.

D.E.S.S. en comptabilité professionnelle – CPA
If you’ve earned your BBA and plan on studying for your D.E.S.S. en comptabilité professionnelle – CPA, it would be advisable to apply for a post-graduation work permit. Without one, you may have trouble completing your mandatory internships.

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

If you don’t have a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ):

Apply for a CAQ. While submitting your application, also include your admission letter. You can then apply for an extension of your study permit, if necessary.

If you already have your CAQ and a valid study permit:

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

If your immigration documents are going to expire while you are away, make sure you renew them before you leave.

Have them in hand when you leave Canada.

Step 1: Apply online to renew your CAQ.

Step 2: Apply for an extension of your study permit.

Need help?

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.

Email us at sae.accueil@hec.ca.


You must obtain a post-graduation work permit and other documents, if needed.

Here’s how to proceed

Want to work while studying? See the Working in Canada page.



This online summary, dated February 27, 2019, holds no official standing. Changes may occur without notice. Quebec laws and regulations, as well as information emanating from the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, take precedence over this document.

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