Children under the age of 17
   
 
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Children under the age of 17

If a Demande de sélection temporaire pour études (Application for temporary selection for studies) is submitted for a child under the age of 17, the application must include the required documents, depending on the child’s country of residence at the time of application, and all the additional documents below applicable to the child’s situation.

Children under the age of 17 accompanied by their parents
children under the age of 17accompanied by one parent
children under the age of 17not accompanied by their parents
children under the age of 17 who are emancipated or almost 17

Children under the age of 17 accompanied by their parents

If a child under the age of 17 applies from abroad and will be accompanied to Québec by both parents, one of whom is a temporary worker or international student, you must include the following document:

  • Photocopy of the child’s birth certificate bearing the parents’ names

You do not have to enclose a letter of admission from an elementary or secondary school, but must enclose a letter of admission from any other type of institution.
You must also enclose one of the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the father or mother’s work permit
  • Photocopy of the letter of introduction that accompanied the work permit issued by a Canadian visa office abroad
  • Photocopy of the employment contract specifying the term of the contract
  • Photocopy of the father or mother’s letter of admission as a full-time student at an educational institution in Québec
  • Photocopy of the father or mother’s study permit

This document makes it possible to ensure that the validity period of the child’s Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Québec Acceptance Certificate) corresponds to the length of the parents’ stay in Québec.

Children under the age of 17 accompanied by one parent

If a child under the age of 17 is accompanied to Québec by only one parent, you must include the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the child’s birth certificate bearing the parents’ names
  • Photocopy of an identity document bearing the name and signature of the non-accompanying parent (passport, national identity card)
  • Original of the Declaration of consent (dynamic PDF, 433 KB), signed by the non-accompanying parent, authorizing the child to reside in Québec with the other parent

If you are unable to supply these last two documents, you must enclose the following document:

  • Photocopy of an official document declaring that the accompanying parent has sole guardianship of the child (death certificate of the other parent, declaration of disappearance, divorce decree granting sole custody to the accompanying parent)

IMPORTANT A divorce decree that grants even limited access to the other parent does not exempt you from submitting the Declaration of consent.

Children under the age of 17 not accompanied by their parents

If a minor child comes to study in Québec and is not accompanied by his/her parents, the application for temporary selection for studies must also include the following:

  • Photocopy of the child’s birth certificate bearing the parents’ names
  • Photocopy of an identity document for each parent bearing their signature (passport, national identity card)
  • Original of the Declaration of parental authority (dynamic PDF, 437 KB), signed by both parents
  • Original of the Declaration of guardianship for a child under age 17 (dynamic PDF, 433 KB), signed by the person who has guardianship of the child in Québec
  • Photocopy of a document proving that this person is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (birth certificate, citizenship card, permanent resident card)


If guardianship of the child by a person residing in Québec encompasses financial responsibility, also include the following:

  • Original or copy of the Declaration of financial support (dynamic PDF, 382 KB), signed by the person residing in Québec who undertakes to assume all costs related to the child’s stay in Québec
  • Documents demonstrating the financial capacity of the guardian (employment letter mentioning the person’s salary, pay slips, income tax return, bank letter [PDF, 52 KB] indicating their account balance, etc.)

Children under the age of 17 who are emancipated or almost 17

  • If you are under 17 years of age and have been granted emancipation by a court, enclose with your application the required documents for adult students and a copy of the emancipation ruling.
  • If you are under 17 years of age on the date of your application for temporary selection for studies but will turn 17 at least one month before the start date of your study program, enclose with your application only the required documents for adult students.
  • If you will turn 17 less than one month before the start date of your study program but will be 17 years of age when you leave for Québec, enclose with your application proof of your departure date (photocopy of your airline ticket) to be considered an adult student.
  • If you are coming to Québec unaccompanied by your parents and will turn 17 years of age after your arrival (even within a few days), you must enclose with your application the required documents for an adult student and for a child under the age of 17 not accompanied by his/her parents.

 

  USEFUL INFORMATION  
A minor child who is already in Québec and accompanies a person with parental authority who is staying there as a temporary foreign worker or international student or in order to receive medical treatment is exempt from having to obtain the Minister’s consent to stay in Québec to attend a local elementary or secondary school. However, this consent must be obtained if the child wishes to pursue post-secondary education (including college).  
     

 

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