All new international students admitted for the Winter term who will be studying from outside Canada will have to must provide the university the following documents in order to be enrolled for the Winter 2021 term:
Proof that you have obtained the CAQ and the approval of your study permit, or
Proof that you have obtained the CAQ and have applied for the study permit (please keep in mind that a CAQ approval letter is required when applying for your study permit), or
Proof that you have applied for the CAQ and have applied for the study permit (please keep in mind that a CAQ approval letter is required when applying for your study permit)
Students who are in Canada must have a valid CAQ and Study Permit. Once courses return to an in-person format, valid immigration documents will be required in order to complete program requirements.
New international students studying from within Canada: All new international students admitted for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 term who are currently inside Canada will need to provide the university the following documents in order to be enrolled:
If you defer your admission from fall 2020 to winter 2021, your immigration documents will remain valid. However, if you defer to a new academic year (for ex., summer 2021) you must apply for new immigration documents.
Following the government of Canada’s announcement that borders will re-open to welcome international students, we are pleased to announce that we have been approved and are now on the list of designated learning institutions (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan.
This means that that if you have valid immigration documents, you may begin making plans to travel to Montreal, should you wish to do so. You may also wish to remain in your home country until the end of the term; this decision is yours to make.
We have prepared several FAQ sections and a checklist to answer questions about what to expect as you prepare to travel. All travelers arriving in Canada from abroad are required to quarantine in isolation for 14 days; here is more information on quarantine requirements
You will also need a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.
If you have to transit through other countries, please check their travel restrictions because they may be different from Canada’s.
Remember that you will need to self-isolate for 14 days upon your arrival to Canada, independent of any previous self-isolation you may have done in another country.
You can apply to extend your immigration documents in Canada and should make sure to maintain your status in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) has come up with new guidelines that allow international students whose Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) expires after April 30, 2020, and before December 31, 2020, to be extended to December 31, 2020. This only applies to students who will be completing their studies by December 31, 2020.
The sooner the better! Immigration has experienced some delays in application times. However, both the provincial and federal government offices remain operational, and continue to process files. A CAQ is taking, on average, six to eight weeks to process and the study permit is currently taking more than 120 days.
Immigration Canada states, “Foreign nationals applying for restoration have lost their status and may not continueto work orattend school until their status has been restored and a new work or study permit has been issued.”
If you are unable to gather the required documents (CAQ, financial proof, etc.) on time to apply for a study permit, please contact the International Students Office (ISO) for assistance BEFORE your study permit expires. Do not let your immigration status expire.
This is great news for students who plan to complete their studies by December 31, 2020. However, if your studies will continue after fall 2020 term or you plan to extend your immigration documents beyond December 31, 2020, you will need to extend your CAQ as normal. Visit Immigration Quebec’s website under ‘Foreign Students’ for more information.
Note that the extension only applies to the CAQ and not the Study Permit; be sure to renew your Study Permit on time as per the expiration date indicated on your current Study Permit. Contact the ISO at email@example.com should you have concerns or require assistance in renewing your immigration documents.
International students who are covered by Concordia international health insurance through Blue Cross can sign up for telemedicine services throughgetmaple.ca/medavie. This service allows users to meet doctors, nurses or other health professionals online.
Concordia’s Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms will be delivered almost entirely online. The university is committed to providing you with a smooth transition and the support you need to succeed in an online environment.
Some activities, such as labs and studios, are being held in-person. As the public health situation evolves, it’s possible that more on-campus access will be granted. Find out more about the guidelines for accessing campus.
Other services for students
Whether you’re looking for a student mentor, help with planning your finances, or emotional support during the stress of exams, Concordia’s community is here for you. Find out more about the many personalized resources that are available remotely for Concordia students.