Visa and Study Permit
Temporary Resident Visa
The temporary resident visa is for those who wish to pursue studies for less than 6 months.
Before you come and study in Canada, you will need the following:
- an acceptance letter from MILC;
- proof of financial means to pay for tuition fees and accommodation near the school;
- a statement that you will return to your country of origin once your studies have been completed;
- a valid passport;
- a temporary resident visa (if you live in a country or territory where citizens must obtain a visa to stay in Canada).
Think about it! If you are planning to continue your studies in a new program after you finish your first one, then we encourage you to apply for a study permit so you can actually register for the next study program you want to do in Canada. If you enter Canada without a study permit and wish to study further, you will have to return to your country of origin or go to the USA to process your study permit request. This is a very complicated scenario we recommend you avoid since you will be required to present yourself to a consulate or embassy outside of Canada. Get in touch with one of MILC's counselors for more details.
If you want to stay in Canada for six months or more, you will need a study permit.
As an international student, you are required to have a student permit to pursue your studies in Canada. As you will study in the province of Québec, you will also need to apply for a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ). This certificate is a prerequisite to obtain your study permit because the Canadian government can only process your study permit if you have this certificate.
It is fairly simple to obtain a CAQ and a study permit but the process takes several weeks. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that you apply a minimum of 8 weeks in advance.
You can now quickly and effectively apply for the CAQ online. Once your application has been accepted, MILC's Admissions Office will send you a confirmation letter regarding your admission, as well as registration forms. The next step for you will be to present this letter to the Canadian authorities at the embassy or consulate of your country and place a request for your student permit.
All these steps may take more time than anticipated so be smart and start your temporary resident visa or student permit application immediately after you receive your confirmation letter for MILC.