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Special provisions apply to dependants of diplomats, visitors attending short term language courses, and persons who intend to enroll in courses of studies that are not academic, professional or vocational in nature.
Dependants of diplomatic personnel or members of their staff who wish to attend courses and who possess the acceptance counterfoil obtained from the Office of Protocol do not require a student authorization.
Visitors attending short term language coerces may enter Canada or remain in Canada without a student authorization to attend a French or English language training course of three months' duration or less. To be eligible under this provision, the course duration does not have to be consecutive, but can be an accumulation of time adding up to three month. Visitors wishing to continue language training beyond the three month period or those wishing to enroll in other educational programs must leave Canada and obtain student authorization in the normal manner.
The Immigration Act does not require student authorization for persons who intend to enroll in courses of studies that are not academic, professional or vocational in nature. such courses may be offered, among others, by local school boards in continuing education or as hobby, self improvement or life skills courses, and can range from flower arranging and cake decorating to auto mechanics, typing and language courses.