Your legal documents and why we need them
Why we need your legal documents
All universities in Quebec must report their students' legal status in Canada to the Quebec Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie, i.e. MELS).
- If you are an International student, you must have immigration permission to remain in Canada for the length of your studies.
- If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, your legal documents will determine your rate of tuition fees at McGill.
Fee schedules are listed at Student Accounts.
- For ALL: legal documents are required for the creation of your Quebec Permanent Code.
What to submit
To determine which legal documents we will require, select the item corresponding to whether you are a:
When to submit
Send in all your documents after you have accepted the offer of admission to McGill and before you arrive on campus. This will ensure that your student record and tuition fees are up-to-date.
*Note for international students: you usually cannot send your Study Permit in advance since it is issued at the port of entry into Canada; please bring it to Service Point once you are on campus.
- For Summer Session courses: August 15
- For Fall and Winter Session courses: Last Day of Classes (academic calendar: key dates)
If you are currently enrolled and are requesting a change to your status, please submit your legal documents as soon as possible. We cannot accept changes to your legal status after the last day of classes at the end of term, as the Quebec Government does not allow us to amend our files retroactively. Complete files submitted after that date will only serve to update your status for the following term.
Once your documents are submitted, it usually takes us 10 to 15 working days to update your record.
Check your status on Minerva: Student Menu->Student Accounts Menu->View your Tuition and Legal Status
How and where to submit
It is important that you submit your documents as soon as possible. For submission instructions, refer to the How/Where tab. Do not send us originals.