The age of majority in Quebec is 18. However, new regulations* have come into force that now require only minors that are less than 17 to have legal custodian. Therefore, If you will not be 17 years old by the time you travel to Canada, you must have a legal custodian in Montreal before starting immigration procedures to study at McGill. A custodian is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who is at least 18 years old and resides with you or within reasonable distance from you.
*Please note that these new regulations only apply to CAQ applications received by Immigration Quebec after June 30th, 2017.
IF YOU DO have a custodian in Montreal, please follow the instructions provided in the CAQ application by Immigration Quebec.
IF YOU DO NOT have a custodian in Montreal - and you will be living in McGill Student Residences - you can request to have the Dean of Students act as your custodian by following the instructions below:
Apply online for your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) through Immigration Quebec’s website.
Once your online CAQ application has been submitted, you will receive a CAQ personalized checklist with a CAQ application number (6 digit number) found on top right-hand corner of checklist.
Complete the Custodianship Request Letter (2017-2018). You must fill out all fields in the letter and include your CAQ application number. Incomplete letters will not be processed.
The Custodianship Request letter must be signed by both parents.
Once completed, please scan and send (in PDF format) your request for custodianship with both parents’ original signatures to our office by email at minors.iss [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Custiodianship%20Request) . Important: make sure to write in the subject line of your email: “Custodianship Request”. Please also ensure that you complete the mandatory Next of Kin Information Sheet (online webform).
Once we receive your request, we will process it and send you the Custodian Letter signed by the Dean of Students within 10 business days.
You may then submit the Custodian Letter with the supporting documents for your CAQ application. Please make sure to keep a copy for your Study Permit Application.
- If you are emancipated or will be almost 18 at the time that your program starts, please refer to the information provided on the Immigration Quebec Website.