Foreign students get the advantage of CAQ extension in Quebec

Quebec extends CAQ

Before a student who wishes to study in Quebec can apply for a study permit Canada, he/she needs to have a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ). This is a certificate needed for most foreign students and workers arriving in Quebec on temporary visas. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the study programs of many students in Quebec. Now, they are getting a helping hand from the Government of Quebec.

The Government of Quebec will automatically extend CAQs due any day between 30th April 2020 and 31st December 2020.

The MIFI (Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration) came out with the decision on 30th April 2020. It was a response to the concerns of many of its partners in the education sector in view of the current pandemic surge.

It’s a decision that will help foreign students who are about to complete their studies but are unable to do so owing to the COVID-19 prevention measures.

The Immigration Ministry of Quebec wants to avoid penalties for those in Quebec, having arrived to study in Canada. The indefinite course delays due to COVID-19 has affected study programs due to conclude in the summer or winter of 2020. With a fee waived automatic renewal of CAQs, renew of Canada study visa with the federal government will get easier for the foreign students. They won’t have to bother with the renewal of CAQ first.

Students can now submit their application to the federal government at the earliest to extend their study permit. As per the study in Canada requirements, this will be necessary to stay on and complete studies. With the renewal, they can complete the remaining part of their courses when colleges resume after the COVID restrictions end.

The new facility provided isn’t applicable to students who wish to get a CAQ for the fall semester. It’s also not for students who have a CAQ with expiry after 31st December 2020.

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