Program delivery update: COVID-19: Students – Eligibility

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

May 26, 2021


A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institute (DLI) has been added as a required document for study permit extensions and initial study permit applications. Applicants who need to restore their status must also submit an application with their letter of acceptance or proof of enrolment.

Students destined to Quebec

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) ended the automatic extension of Quebec Acceptance Certificates (CAQs) on December 31, 2020. Students who would like to extend their study permit or begin studies in Quebec after December 31, 2020, must submit a new application for a CAQ to the MIFI and a new application for a study permit to IRCC.

However, students destined to Quebec are exempt from the CAQ requirement when they enrol in a program or course lasting 6 months or less. Therefore, students are not required to submit a CAQ with their study permit application for short-term study.

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