Loosely translated, “it’s not going to be easy!”
What is not going to be easy you ask? Proving to Concordia University that Thing 2 is a Quebecer. Why do I want to prove Thing 2 is a Quebecer? I shouldn’t have to, for all intents and purposes, Thing 2 is more a Quebecer than I am at the moment. He lives there, goes to school there, works and pays taxes there. But I am doing this for cheaper university tuition.
This is what a “Carte Soleil” looks like. It’s the Quebec health card but it’s also used to show your Quebec residency. The 12 digits code on the card is your PERMANENT CODE. The permanent code is what the university uses as a Quebec resident code. Thing 2 has one.
See in Quebec if you are a resident of the province you pay approx. $2000 a semester. If you come from out of province it goes up to about $4000 a semester and if you are an international student it’s approximately $8500 a semester. I know some of my American friends are going to tell me to stop complaining about such low cost for college. Well, we just spent $40,000 a year for the last 4 years to send him to a QUEBEC boarding school, I thought the $160,000.00 would help make him a Quebec resident.
But according to Concordia University, this doesn’t mean anything.
When I first received my tuition bill he was registered as an international student. They wanted $17,832.93! WO WO WO Ponpon! On se calme!
I got on the phone last Monday and after being transferred to several departments, I finally talked to someone in enrollment who said, “sorry, our mistake. We’ll change it. Look in 24 to 48 hours and the amendment should be made.”I thought, okay, easy enough. I waited.
I checked on Wednesday and now his tuition was $8730.00! Okay that’s better than the previous number. We’re getting closer but still far away from $4000.
I called again. This time I had kept the enrollment department phone number so I went straight to the source only to be told, “well, we looked at his birth certificate and since he was born in Ontario, we have no reason to believe he is a Quebec resident.” To which I replied, “he has spent the last 4 years studying in a Quebec boarding school, he even has a CODE PERMANENT from Quebec.” I got transferred to the Quebec Residency Department. No joke, there is such a thing at Concordia. I suspected as much since there is such a thing at McGill as well. I went through this ordeal with Thing 1 when she started at McGill. But as soon as McGill saw the permanent code and the mailing address in Montreal, they changed it no questions asked. Concordia must be in need of more money, they are questioning. They are questioning how come Thing 2 went to boarding school? He was born in Ontario, for all we know, the Montreal address could belong to any relative. What proof do we have that he lives there.
Concordia instructed me to look online at the Quebec Residency page and pick one of the 12 categories to which Thing 2 falls under in order to prove his residency. And according to his category, provide the proper documentation.
The things we do to save money! The things we do to prove a residency! Right now I must admit I am annoyed. I am taking this very personal. Gloves are off!
I looked at the 12 options:
- You were born in Quebec. Nope
- You had Quebec resident status at CEGEP no more than a year ago. Nope
- You went to another Quebec University no more than a year ago. Nope
- You immigrated to Canada and have a CSQ card (Quebec resident card). Nope
- One of your parents lives in Quebec. Not really.
- You lived in Quebec before the start of this semester for a full year and during the past 18 months but you have NOT been a full-time student. Yes and No.
- You receive Quebec financial aid for student. I don’t think we could even apply!
- You immigrated to Canada. Lived in Quebec for 3 months and no other province. Nope
- Your spouse qualifies as a Quebec resident: Over my dead body!
- You belong to a First Nations group in Quebec. Not that I know of.
- You lived in Quebec with your parents. They have left, you stayed in Quebec. YES!
- You were adopted by a Quebec resident. I have the stretch marks to prove otherwise.
- Both your parents have died and one of them lived in Quebec before his or her death. Nope. We’re still alive and breathing.
- You went to CEGEP and/or University for the last 5 years and have lived in Quebec for the last 3 years as a permanent resident. Nope
After much consideration we have decided to use option 11 with our De La Montagne address. | spent the better part of Wednesday scanning short and long form birth certificates, passports, visas with stamped dates of arrival in UK etc. You name it, I scanned it. I sent all the forms via email.
Thursday morning I called the Quebec residency dept. They need two proofs of communication to Thing 2 at the Montreal address, and they want copies of Quebec health cards for both parents that we would have surrendered upon departure. Don’t have those, but I do have our Quebec birth certificates.
For now I have to wait till I get to Montreal to see if Thing 2 has two pieces of “official communication” in his name at the Montreal address and we will have to go to Concordia in person to explain our case before he starts work at camp.
The things we do to save money! The things we do to prove a residency!