The Quebec Ministry of Immigration has stated that ‘effective June 30, 2017, foreign students wishing to study in Quebec in a training program of a duration of more than six months must be admitted to or enrolled in a designated learning institution.’ A designated learning institution (DLI) is an institution that is recognized by the government of Canada for the purposes of international study.
June 30 update
Quebec now requires international students who wish to study at an institution in the province to obtain a letter of acceptance from an institution on the government of Canada’s DLI list. This ensures students have all the necessary requirements to apply for the Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (Certificate of Acceptance to Quebec, or CAQ). The CAQ is a document required for international students who plan on studying in Quebec. All prospective international students looking to study in Quebec are first expected to obtain a CAQ before applying to the federal government for a Canadian study permit.
If the institution chosen is not on the government’s list of designated institutions, it will not be possible to obtain a CAQ in order to study at that institution.
Before June 30
Prior to the update on June 30, international students wishing to study in Quebec were able to apply for a CAQ, whether or not their intended institution in Quebec was on the list of DLIs published by the government of Canada.
In the case of Quebec, the government of Canada integrated the DLI number O19495718351 to capture the post-secondary institutions that do not have a unique DLI number. In other words, before June 30 if a prospective international student received a CAQ to attend a post-secondary institution in Quebec that is not on the government of Canada’s list, he or she could still be eligible to receive a study permit. However, as of June 30, prospective international students need to ensure the institution they wish to attend is listed on the government’s official list of DLIs.
While Quebec was establishing its regulatory process for educational institutions, visa officers were instructed to use the DLI number O19495718351 temporarily while processing study permit applications for prospective students to Quebec, until further instructions were provided. The new policy beginning June 30 marks the end of what was an interim measure by the government of Quebec to cater to applicants that may have a CAQ for post-secondary institutions in Quebec that do not have a unique DLI number.
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