Quebec will resume processing CAQ applications

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Quebec’s ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) will start processing CAQ applications of international students which was suspended recently.

A ministerial order was released by MIFI on 30th December 2020 suspending the processing of Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) applications for international students attending 10 specific private colleges under investigation by the Ministry of education. Individuals who wish to review in Quebec are usually required to get a CAQ and study permit.

MIFI declared that it had been within the public interest to suspend, until April 1, 2021, the receipt and processing of applications for temporary selection for studies submitted by international students admitted to or enrolled in one among the ten educational institutions currently being audited by the Ministry of upper Education.

A number of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) suffering from that call, namely Canada College, CDI, and also the Montréal Campus of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, appealed the choice to the Quebec court and were ready to successfully secure injunctions against the policy.

DLIs are educational institutions approved by the Quebec government to welcome international students.

The court stated during a decision rendered on January 11, 2021 “that the Ministry’s mistrust of those programs isn’t unreasonable, but that the suspension constitutes a big inconvenience for these students who have organized their lives so as to review in Québec this winter.”

It also ordered MIFI to resume the processing of those applications and renewals.

The court decision means thousands of scholars who wouldn’t are ready to obtain a study permit will now be ready to undertake or continue their studies in Quebec over the approaching months.

Any foreign student who wishes to review in Québec must first choose a program of study and a delegated learning institution, then obtain admission to the program of study of his or her choice. Once they receive a letter of acceptance, the scholar must apply for a CAQ, which is required for studies of quite six months.