International Fee Exemptions
The Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST) has determined the following categories of
exemption from international differential tuition fees. The deadline for
requesting an exemption and submitting all supporting documents is the
last day of classes in each term. Based on MELS directives, requests
that are incomplete at the end of the term or are submitted after the
term may not be processed for that term. There is no retroactivity.
- diplomats, consular personnel,
accredited representatives or civil servants of a foreign country,
the United Nations or one of its organizations, an intergovernmental
organization to which Canada belongs, and any member of the staff of
the above-listed persons who are working in Canada in an official
capacity and who have obtained an attestation issued by "le Protocole"
(Gouvernement du Québec),
525 René-Lévesque East,
Quebec City, telephone 418-649-2346.
This attestation is valid for one academic year and must be renewed each year the student attends university;
- the spouse and unmarried children of the above-listed persons;
- International students whose
spouse or parents hold certain categories of work permits valid for
working in Quebec. For further details and verification, please
contact the Office of the Registrar, Room, LB 700, 514-848-2424
- students who are registered at a university and who have come to Quebec as an exchange student, or as a student participating in a program of cooperation agreed to by the Government
of Quebec and which exempts the participants from paying differential fees;
- students who are French Citizens (accord France-Québec) provided that the last place of residence has not been in another province in Canada;
- students admitted to a Quebec university and whose country has a fee remission agreement with the Quebec Government.
Please consult the following
Ministry WEB site
(pdf) for a list of eligible countries and international
Inquiries and applications for an exemption should be made directly to the students’ own Ministry of Education prior to leaving their home country. In some cases, when the person is in Canada, it may be possible to apply for an exemption at his or her Embassy or Consulate in Canada or in the United States.
For up to date contact information from the different eligible countries, please consult the following
Ministry WEB site (pdf);
- students who work for, or who are dependants of individuals employed by one of the international non-governmental organizations outlined in
Politique relative aux droits de scolarité exigés des étudiants
étrangers par les universités du Québec
- under certain conditions, students who have obtained Convention Refugee status may be eligible for an exemption from the differential fees for International students. Depending on the documentation submitted, they may be eligible to pay either the Quebec tuition rate or the Canadian non-Quebec rate. To pay the Quebec tuition rate, students must submit a CSQ and a document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or Citizenship and Immigration Canada formally recognizing their status of refugee, "protected person" or "person to be protected".
- effective September 2007, students who are authorized to submit a request for permanent residency status from within Canada and have a
certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) belonging to one of the following categories:
- Regroupement familial (family reunification)
- Travailleur: Aide-familiale résidente (live-in caregiver)
- Membres de la famille d’un réfugié (members of the family of a refugee)
- Cas humanitaire (humanitarian reasons)
I – CSQ (Certificat de sélection du Québec)
The student must present a CSQ containing the following information:
Field 9 must indicate one of the following codes:
F1, F8, I5, ID, RA, H*
F1 or F8 = family reunification. Spouse selected in the category of family reunification and indicating a commitment of sponsorship.
I5 or ID = live-in caregiver.
RA = members of the family of a refugee. Members of a family in Québec who are not themselves recognized as refugees but who are included in a request for permanent residency status of their relative who is a recognized refugee.
H* (H followed by a number from 1 – 6 or a letter from A – O) = humanitarian reasons
Field 17 must indicate one of the following processing centres:
- CIC de Hull
- CIC de Mississauga – CTD
- CIC de Montréal
- CIC de Québec
- CIC de Sherbrooke
- CIC de Trois-Rivières
- CTD de Vegreville
These centres are all located in Canada and show that the candidate is authorized to submit his/her request for permanent residency from within Canada.
II - Letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Except for the category RA which only requires submission of a CSQ, students must present a letter from CIC which indicates that they meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status for one of the following categories:
- Humanitarian cases
- Category of spouse or common law partner
- Live-in caregivers
Applicants should address documentation to the Office of the Registrar, Government Reporting Unit. Documentation may be submitted to the Birks Student Service Centre at LB-185.
For further information please call 514-848-2424, ext. 5951
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