Update for students experiencing Study Permit delays
The following update was posted by Enrolment Services on July 26, 2013 at www.mcgill.ca/newstudents/internationalstudents
Students experiencing study permit delays can start at McGill as late as September 17, 2013.
The labour dispute involving Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Foreign Services officers, affecting the timeliness of Canadian study permit approvals, continues. You may be experiencing significant delays receiving notification of the approval of your study permit. If your study permit approval has been delayed, please read the rest of this message carefully as we are preparing alternatives for you.
Normally, new students are strongly encouraged to arrive at McGill for orientation in late August and to begin their classes in early September. However, we have made special provisions for students who are experiencing study permit approval delays.
Undergraduate students already registered in courses may arrive as late as September 17, 2013 to begin their studies at McGill. Residence rooms will be held until this date for those who have confirmed acceptance of their space.
Important note for US Citizens arriving from the USA:
- U.S. citizens can apply for their Study Permits at the Port of Entry (border crossing / airport) - no advance application is required. (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5552ETOC.asp)
- If you have submitted an on-line application and have not received the Study Permit approval letter by the time you enter Canada, you should inform the immigration agent and request to apply again in order to obtain the Study Permit right on the spot. Please bring copies of all the required documents necessary for the Study Permit approval.
Arrangements for all other International students:
- If you cannot arrive by September 17, 2013 because your study permit has been delayed, please contact us so we can arrange for you to begin your studies at McGill in January or in a later term. Send an email to deferral [at] mcgill [dot] ca using the subject line: Late study permit issues: [your name and McGill ID number].
We look forward to welcoming you to McGill soon!