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Supporting documents for exemption

Once you have requested your exemption on Minerva, you must submit your supporting document to ISS. Please review the following supporting documents for each exemption category.

Citizenship Agreement: Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium or Greece 

Citizens of Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium or Greece may qualify for the Quebec Health Insurance Plan Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec(RAMQ).  Please review the following instructions 2015-2016 on how to register for the RAMQ plan. RAMQ invites international students to consult their Facebook Page for news and updates for students under the citizenship agreement group.  The RAMQ card or a letter from RAMQ confirming your coverage is required by McGill to confirm your exemption.

Note: International students who opt-out of the Blue Cross IHI plan and obtain RAMQ coverage are strongly recommended to enroll into the Supplemental Health Plan and must register with ASEQ directly. For undergraduate students Downtown campus - SSMU Supplemental Health Plan, for graduate students - PGSS Supplemental Health Plan, undergraduate Macdonald campus - MCSS Supplemental Health Plan.

Sponsored students and Award recipients (CBIE, CIDA, ICCS, SACB or DAAD)

Sponsored students and Award recipients (CBIE, CIDA, ICCS, SACB or DAAD) must present an insurance card and/or letter from their sponsor indicating the start and end date of the coverage. SACB: confirmation of coverage including dates of coverage available on the SACB website. Students must provide their Saudi ID # and date of birth to access this website.

Please note: you will be requested to pay upfront for all medical services, including at the McGill Health Clinics and Montreal hospitals. This does not apply for students who are covered by the IHI Blue Cross plan.

Diplomatic Status

Students on Diplomatic Visa must present a valid RAMQ card or a letter from RAMQ or private insurance clearly indicating the name of the student and dates of coverage. The confirmation letter must be dated within the last 3 months.

Dependents of workers of an international organization

Dependents of workers of an international organization must present a confirmation of coverage, which should include the international organization's name, the name of the student, the start and end date of the coverage. The confirmation letter must be dated within the last 3 months.

Please note: you will be requested to pay upfront for all medical services, including at the McGill Health Clinics and Montreal hospitals. This does not apply for students who are covered by the IHI Blue Cross plan.

Non-residents (thesis-away or term away from McGill University)

If you are an international student residing outside of Canada (i.e. not physically in Canada), you may request an insurance exemption. To do so, you must submit the following:

Graduate Students

  • An email/letter from yourself indicating that you are completing your thesis abroad including specific dates that you will be residing outside of Canada;
  • An email/letter from your supervisor or Graduate Program Director to ISS containing your name, ID# and acknowledgement that you are completing your thesis abroad. They must also specify the dates that you will be outside of Canada (i.e. September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016);

Undergraduate Students

  • No supporting document required, as long as your student transcript indicates non-resident or term-away status.

RAMQ coverage

RAMQ card or if it is past the exemption deadlines (i.e. September 30th, January 30th or May 31st) a RAMQ confirmation of coverage letter.