Immigration Procedures

Immigration Procedures

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of August 1, 2015, if you arrive in Canada by air and do not come from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, your travels to Canada now require one new step for immigration.  As of March 15, 2016 this will be a mandatory requirement to board a plane to travel to Canada.

Students arriving by air from a visa-exempt country must now obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you applied for your Study Permit before July 31, 2015 you will need to apply for an eTA. If you received your Study Permit after August 1, 2015 you will automatically be issued an eTA along with your Study Permit. US citizens only do not require an eTA or a visitor visa.

The cost of an eTA is $7 CAD. Your eTA will be valid for 5 years or up until your passport expiry date, whichever is first. Individual applications are done online and payment is made with a credit card. The simple process takes just a few minutes to complete and receive your authorization.

Find out if you need a Visitor Visa, Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada: www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Documents Needed

To study in Québec you will need two documents which are usually issued for three (3) years of study and renewed for the fourth year:

  1. The provincial ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion will issue the Certificate of Acceptance/Certificat d’acceptation (C.A.Q.).
  2. The federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will provide the Study Permit/Permis de séjour.

You will need both of these to study at Bishop’s University. It is mandatory to provide the Admissions office with a photocopy of each document the first week of semester for government reporting.

Study Permit and Immigration Assistance

NEW Biometric requirements for Study Permit applications starting July 31, 2018.

It is the responsibility of the student to apply for and obtain both the Quebec CAQ and the Canadian Study Permit prior to commencing their studies at Bishop’s. While Bishop’s cannot assist you with this procedure, we work with two organizations that can answer questions and assist you with the process. The two companies are:

Campbell Cohen Law Firm, Montreal, Quebec – attorneys and certified immigration consultants.
For more information please visit their websites: www.canadavisa.com and studyhub.canadavisa.com (for international students already in Canada) or contact Ms. Kara Crudo:

Telephone: +1-514-937-9445
Toll Free North America: 1-888-947-9445
Email: kara.crudo@canadavisa.com

iHeartCanada, Toronto, Ontario – licensed Immigration Consultants and Certified Education Counsellors.
For more information please visit their website: www.iheartcanada.ca or contact Mr. Scott Smith:

Telephone (mobile): +1-647-836-8472
Skype: sasimmigration
Email: scott@iheartcanada.ca

CANADIM Immigration Law Firm, Montreal, Quebec – Attorney Renaud Dery
For more information please visit www.canadim.com or contact Ms. Nadia Bhuptani:

Telephone: +1-514-989-9700
Email: nadia@canadim.com

Instructions for International Students

Online Certificate of Acceptance (C.A.Q.) Application Instructions for International Students

The process begins with the application for a Certificate of Acceptance for Québec.

Online Application

You are required to use the on-line application form for your CAQ:
English Application
French Application
Spanish Application

By completing your application online you:

  1. will receive a personalized list of documents that you need to mail to the Montreal office to complete your application;
  2. can access the status of your application;
  3. will receive messages in your on-line file with possible requests for additional information (electronic messaging is much faster than regular international mail);
  4. will be able to download all correspondence from your on-line file.

You will need the following to apply for a CAQ online:

  1. an email address
  2. Visa or Mastercard (either your own card or your financial sponsor’s)

IMPORTANT:  You must take note of your User code and Password, which you will need each time you consult your online file.

How to apply for a Study Permit

NEW Biometric requirements for Study Permit applications starting July 31, 2018.

Once you have been issued a C.A. Q., Immigration Québec will have sent your C.A.Q. reference number to the Consulate or Embassy nearest you. You must then apply for a Study Permit Visa from the Canadian Embassy or Consulate which is handling your application. Some embassies will send you the Study Permit application form and others will require you to pick them up. Because of these discrepancies, we encourage you to remain in close contact with the embassy handling your file so that you can obtain the proper forms as soon as possible.
www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp

Every application for a Study Permit must be accompanied by:

  1. Photocopy of your passport
  2. Your letter of admission to Bishop’s University
  3. Proof of sufficient financial resources available to you, without engaging in employment while in Canada
    • to pay your tuition fees, (waived for exchange students)
    • to maintain yourself during your period of study
    • to pay transportation costs to and from Canada
  4. the CAQ (Certificate of Acceptance) issued by the Government of Quebec’s Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l’Immigration

There is a processing fee of $150 for the Study Permit. This document gives you permission to study at only one institution in Canada, and is normally valid for the period of your programme. Government regulations allow international students to work in Canada only on the University campus and with a valid Study Permit.

Students from the USA can obtain their Study Permit directly at the border or customs when entering Canada by presenting:

  1. C.A.Q.
  2. Official Letter of Acceptance from Bishop’s University
  3. $150.00

Should you require any assistance or additional information concerning the Canadian Student Visa, please contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate nearest you outside Canada, or the Canada Immigration Centre, 315 King Street West, Room 212, Sherbrooke, Québec, J1H 1R2. Telephone: 1-888-242-2100 (toll free from within Canada) or 514-496-1010.

Applications to renew a Study Permit may be obtained from the International Student Office at Bishop’s or may be downloaded from the following website address: www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Work off campus while you study at Bishop’s University

As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week.

www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus.asp

Instructions for Exchange Students coming to Bishop's

Instructions for Exchange Students coming to Bishop’s

Begin immigration procedures as soon as possible, or once you have received your official acceptance letter, as this process can take several months.

  1. Obtain a valid passport. You may also require a visa to enter Canada.
  2. Visa offices: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp

If you are coming to Bishop’s on Exchange for two semesters or admitted to a degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level, you will need a CAQ & Study Permit.

Students coming on Exchange for one semester only (Fall or Winter) do not need a CAQ or Study Permit, as you will not exceed 6-months of study in Canada (semesters are four months in duration).

Apply first for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate known as a CAQ from Immigration Quebec (online application is recommended):
English Application
French Application
Spanish Application

Once your application is approved, Immigration Quebec will notify the Canadian Visa Centre (Consulate or Embassy) nearest you. Please allow several weeks, possibly up to two months to complete this part of the process. Should you require any assistance or additional information concerning the Quebec Certificate of Acceptance, please call them directly at: 1 514 864-9231 (outside Quebec), within Quebec 1 514 864-9191 or consult the website:
www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca

Once you have your CAQ – Apply for a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. US students with a CAQ can apply for a Study Permit at the border or airport when they travel to Canada: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp

Some embassies will send you the Study Permit application form and others will require you to pick them up. Because of these discrepancies, we encourage you to remain in close contact with the embassy handling your file so that you can obtain the proper forms as soon as possible.

There is a processing fee of $150 for the Study Permit. This document gives you permission to study at only one institution in Canada, and is normally valid for the period of your programme. Government regulations allow international students to work in Canada only on the University campus and with a valid Study Permit.

Please note: Prepare your financial documents – the bank statement you or your sponsor provide for your CAQ & Study Permit applications must show the minimum amount indicated in your Letter of Admission (i.e.$28,000 – tuition and living expenses for one year for degree program students).

Should you require any assistance or additional information concerning the Canadian Student Visa, please contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate nearest you outside Canada.