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CAQ Application Guide

Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ)

1st time:  Apply for your CAQ as soon as you've been admitted to McGill. 
2nd, 3rd, 4th time:  If renewing, apply 3 - 4 months before current CAQ expires.  

  • The application is completed online and the processing fee ($110 CAD, as of Jan. 1, 2016) can be paid by credit card.
  • Post-application, you will receive a checklist of the supporting documents to mail to Immigration Quebec’s office (address provided on the checklist).
  • For the start and end date of your program, indicate approximate dates for the duration of your entire degree (example: 3 years, 4 years, etc).
  • If your checklist includes a request for proof of financial capacity, you - or your financial guardians (parents, or whoever is supporting you) - should provide a confirmation that you/they can cover tuition and fees plus one year of living expenses.  For living expenses, Immigration Quebec requires a minimum of $1,000 per month.
  1. Scan and save a copy of your documents before sending them, as you will be uploading some of these documents directly to your Study Permit application.
  2. We recommend using a courier service* when sending documents (to track the documents and have proof they've been received).
  3. If you are applying for U.S. government aid, please note that a copy of your application for aid will not be sufficient: the approval of aid awarded will be required.

* July 11, 2016: we recommend avoiding the use of Canada Post at the moment, as there is the possibility of a strike in the coming days/weeks.