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Departure & arrival checklists

Before you leave to come to Canada, make sure you have the following with you:

  • Your passport
  • A letter from your Canadian Visa Service/Embassy confirming that your work permit has been approved
  • If you are travelling with accompanying dependents, be sure to have the appropriate documents for them as well. For school registration, it is advisable to bring your children’s birth certificates bearing both parents’ names.
  • Evidence of financial support if you are receiving funding from a source outside Canada and (or) McGill University (i.e., confirmation of fellowship from your home country, university, or research organization)
  • Evidence of successful Ph.D./Doctorate degree completion. This should consist of one of the following:
    • an official transcript from your home university (issued to you in a sealed envelope)
    • an original or notarized/certified copy of your Ph.D. diploma or Medical Specialist Diploma/Certificate
    • an original Registrar Statement/original Certificate from the Graduate Studies Office of your home university attesting successful completion of all Ph.D. degree requirements and admission to the Ph.D. degree
  • If required, an authentic notarized/certified official translation, into English or French, of the evidence provided
  • Travel insurance
  • Quebec Medicare Card as soon as possible)

After you arrive at McGill, be sure to