There are three important documents you need for pursuing your studies in Quebec: a valid passport, a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and a study permit.
Start the process as soon as you receive your admission letter. Certain countries run delays up to several months, so waiting too long can translate into months of delay.
You must do this from outside Canada. It is highly unadvisable to tell Canadian customs that you are a tourist when you are planning to study here. You could be charged with making a false declaration.
Important! Those who hold work permit can apply for a study permit from inside Canada. However, to begin their studies, they must have a study permit in their possession, even if they have implicit status.
Although the legal age in Quebec is 18, students who are 17 or turning 18, will not have to fill out documents intended for minor students. They will be considered legal only for the immigration process.
Your government may impose certain restrictions on leaving your country. Make sure you understand these restrictions.
You will be 17 years old when you apply or will turn 17 at least one month before the start of the school year.
You will be turning 17 during the month preceding the start of the school year and when you leave for Quebec.
You will not yet be 17 on your arrival in Quebec
There are several options available to you:
Your passport should remain valid beyond the length of your academic program.
Some countries can expedite the processing of your passport services. Find out if your country offers this service.