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How to submit a successful study permit application


Important notice for persons admitted to the following programs for fall 2024: BBA with preparatory year, BBA, certificates, short undergraduate programs, short graduate programs, and D.E.S.S.

Due to the temporary moratorium on the issuance of new study permits, we recommend waiting until an agreement has been finalized between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec before starting to apply for a study permit.

You can, however, start applying for the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) right away and make sure your passport is still valid.

We are confident that the moratorium will not prevent you from obtaining your immigration documents in time for fall term 2024. To learn more about the moratorium, see our webpage.

It is not difficult to submit a solid study permit application. However, people from countries other than France have asked us questions pertaining to their specific situation. Here are our answers.

When should I submit my application?

What documents do I have to submit?

In matters of immigration, the burden of proof rests on the person submitting the application. This means that it is up to them to provide all the necessary documents for their case to be processed properly. The officer is not obligated to contact the applicant to obtain more information.

You must consult the visa office instructions for the country from which you are applying.

What you must do:

What are the main reasons for refusal?

Study permit refusals are sometimes difficult to understand and do not always seem logical. Refusals may be due to the applicant’s inability to meet one or more of the eligibility criteria.

Main grounds for refusal:

Other grounds for refusal may include:

Need help?

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Exchange students: please contact incoming@hec.ca


This online summary, dated April 12, 2020, 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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