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Changes required following changes in your status

Even if you have been in Québec for some time, the transition from temporary status to permanent resident status implies certain changes.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Health insurance card
Driverís licence

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

The Canadian Social Insurance Number is used notably to identify you to employers for purposes of deductions at source from your salary.

The Employment Insurance Act requires a person to apply for a Social Insurance Number and present this card to his employer within three days of receiving it. However, this act does not prevent a person from holding a job while waiting to receive his card providing that the application has been made.

The Social Insurance Number is composed of nine figures. If you obtained this number as a student or temporary worker, your current number begins with the figure “9” and is temporary. You will therefore need to obtain a permanent Social Insurance Number. The card is free of charge and requires two to four weeks to obtain.


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Health insurance card

Persons eligible for the Québec health insurance plan are those who reside in Québec within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act. As a foreign student or temporary worker, you may already have a health insurance card.

As a permanent resident, you will have to file a new application for a card to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) by presenting documents related to your new status.

The RAMQ will tell you what steps to take and when your coverage will begin. It will also tell you whether you are subject to a waiting period (three months). If this applies to you and you are not covered by group insurance from your educational institution or your employer, you are advised to take out private insurance for the waiting time period.


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Driver’s licence

As a foreign student or temporary worker, you may have been authorized to drive a passenger vehicle in Québec using your foreign driver’s licence or an international permit. This privilege is granted to people staying temporarily in Québec or who come from countries which grant the same privilege to Québec residents.

In Québec, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) is responsible for issuing driver’s licences for motor vehicles. When you become a permanent resident of Québec, you must obtain a Québec driver’s licence to be authorized to drive.

You may continue using your foreign driver’s licence in Québec for a maximum of 90 days from the date on which you obtain permanent resident status.


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