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Updating Personal Information

Updating Personal Information

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It is important to keep your official records up to date, especially your mailing or billing address, because these are used by the University year round. If your address information on file is invalid, incomplete, or missing, the University will hold your mail. Once you have provided a valid address, the University will resume sending your mail.

You must update your address(es) and/or telephone number(s) and emergency contact information on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva) under the Personal Menu.

If you are away from campus and do not have access to the Internet, you can request changes by writing to your Student Affairs Office or to Service Point. Your written request must include your signature.

If you need to change important personal information that requires the University to verify official documents, such as a name or citizenship change, or correction of your birth date, you must go in person (as soon as possible) to Service Point, 3415 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8. Macdonald campus students can request changes in person at the Student Affairs Office, Laird Hall, Room 106.

Note for Continuing Studies: If you need to change important personal information that requires the University to verify official documents, such as a change to your name or citizenship, or correction of your birth date, you must go in person (as soon as possible) to the School of Continuing Studies Client Services Office. Such changes can only be made in person at the School of Continuing Studies, Client Services Office, 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 1199.

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Legal Documents: Why Does McGill Collect Legal Documents from You?

Legal Documents: Why Does McGill Collect Legal Documents from You?

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Your tuition status at McGill will vary depending on your status in Canada. In order for us to determine your appropriate rate of tuition (Quebec, Canadian out-of-province, or international), we require legal documents confirming your current status. We also require these documents to confirm your valid citizenship/immigration status. To find out which documents you must provide, refer to: Legal Documents: What Documents Does McGill Need from You?

Some of the documents McGill requests of you help us obtain your Permanent Code from the Government of Quebec. This unique 12-character code is issued by the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), and is obligatory for all students registered in a Quebec institution.

If you have previously attended school in Quebec, you already possess a Permanent Code, which can be found on your school report card or your CEGEP and/or university transcripts. After you have accepted the University's offer of admission, you can check on Minerva (under the Personal Menu) to see if McGill has received your Permanent Code.

You can consult your tuition and legal status (including your Permanent Code) on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva). Select Student Menu > Student Accounts Menu > View your Tuition and Legal Status.

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Legal Documents: What Documents Does McGill Need from You?

Legal Documents: What Documents Does McGill Need from You?

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Follow the instructions in the first row of this table that apply to you. Send clear, legible copies of documents (not originals).

Quebec and Canadian Out-of-Province Students
You have applied to McGill directly from CEGEP or you already have a student record at McGill
  • Usually no documents are required for your Canadian and/or Quebec status, based on McGill’s records or as confirmed by the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
You have applied to McGill from another Quebec university
  • Canadian birth certificate; or Canadian citizenship card (both sides of the card); or Certificate of Indian status card; or Makivik Society card; or valid Canadian Record of Permanent Resident status (Note 3); or valid Canadian Permanent Resident card (both sides of the card)
  • For your Quebec residency status, usually no documents are required, unless McGill cannot confirm this from the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
You were born in Quebec
  • Quebec birth certificate (Notes 1 and 5)
  • Permanent Code Data Form (Notes 2 and 6)
You were born in (or are a Landed Immigrant from) a Canadian province other than Quebec
  • Canadian birth certificate; or Canadian citizenship card (both sides of the card); or Certificate of Indian status card; or Makivik Society card; or valid Canadian Record of Permanent Resident status (Note 3); or valid Canadian Permanent Resident card (both sides of the card)
  • Permanent Code Data Form (Notes 2 and 6)
You are a Quebec resident as defined by one of the other situations outlined by the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
  • Canadian birth certificate; or Canadian citizenship card (both sides of the card); or Certificate of Indian status card; or Makivik Society card; or valid Canadian Confirmation of Permanent Residence (Note 3); or valid Canadian Permanent Resident card (both sides of the card)
  • Permanent Code Data Form (Notes 2 and 6)
  • Attestation of Residency in Quebec Form (Note 6)
  • Other supporting documents, depending on which situation you checked on the above Attestation of Residency Form
International Students
You will be studying at McGill for less than six months (i.e., for only one academic semester) as a non-degree student (e.g., Exchange, Special, Visiting)
  • Visitors Permit issued at your port of entry into Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Photo page of your passport and the page date-stamped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada at your port of entry
  • Permanent Code Data Form (Notes 2 and 6)
You will be in Canada for more than six months (i.e., you are enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program, usually for two or more consecutive academic semesters)
  • Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ)
  • Permanent Code Data Form (Notes 2 and 6)
  • Study Permit issued by Immigration Canada (Note 4)
Note 1: You may alternatively provide your Quebec baptismal certificate if it was issued prior to January 1, 1994, and clearly shows where you were born and that your baptism in Quebec occurred no more than four months after your date of birth.
Note 2: Your signed Permanent Code Data Form is usually required. If the names of your parents appear on your birth certificate, or if you have already provided McGill with your Permanent Code, you do not need to supply this form.
Note 3: Your valid Canadian Permanent Resident status can be proved by a copy of your Canadian Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) document or with your Canadian Permanent Resident card (copy of both sides required). Alternatively, you may provide your Immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000) document. Note that McGill reserves the right to ask you for copies of both your PR card and your IMM document.
Note 4: If you are a refugee, your Convention Refugee status document is required instead of a Study Permit.
Note 5: Usually McGill needs your birth certificate to prove your place of birth in Quebec. If you already have a valid Quebec Permanent Code, McGill will accept a copy of your valid Canadian passport that indicates your birth place as being within the province of Quebec, as proof that you qualify for Quebec residency.
Note 6: You can find links to download and print the Permanent Code Data and Attestation of Quebec Residency forms at www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments/forms.

Fee Exemptions

Fee Exemptions

Students in certain categories may be eligible to claim an exemption from the international rate of tuition fees according to the regulations set by the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS). These exemptions lower your fees to the Quebec rate of tuition. A list of categories and the required application form are available at www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments.

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Legal Documents: Has McGill Received Your Documents?

Legal Documents: Has McGill Received Your Documents?

Quebec/Canadian/International Fees

Quebec/Canadian/International Fees

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Once McGill has received your documents, it usually takes one week to process them and update your file accordingly.

  • Check your tuition status on the Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva) Student Accounts menu: Student Menu > Student Accounts Menu > View your Tuition and Legal Status.
  • Check the phrase: Fees currently calculated according to rules for... This will tell you if your tuition status is currently being billed at the international rate, the Canadian rate, or at the Quebec rate. For information on fees, see www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts.
  • Electronic billing is the official means of delivering fee statements to all students; you may view your e-bill on Minerva. For more information, see the following website: www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts.

If you do not agree with your tuition status, notify McGill right away. If you provide additional documentation in support of your file after the last day of classes for the given term, McGill will be unable to accept your requested changes, or to update your tuition status rate for that term.

Permanent Code

Permanent Code

The Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) usually takes one to four weeks to verify or issue your Permanent Code.

  • Check your Permanent Code on Minerva: Personal Menu > Name Change or alternately via Student Menu > Student Accounts Menu > View Tuition Fee and Legal Status. If your 12-character Permanent Code appears there, your documents are in order. If not, you have not yet provided McGill with your documents listed in Legal Documents: What Documents Does McGill Need from You? or the Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) has not yet confirmed that your documents are sufficient to create a Permanent Code.

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Legal Documents: What Are the Consequences of Not Providing Your Documents?

Legal Documents: What Are the Consequences of Not Providing Your Documents?

The deadline to submit documents in support of a change to your tuition status is the last day of classes for the current term.

McGill will not produce your ID card until all of your legal documents have been received. Your ID card is essential to the use of many services on campus, and to take your final exams.

If we are missing the required legal documents, a hold will be added to your record preventing you from registering or dropping any courses, and from obtaining your official transcript.

International students who have not provided their valid immigration documents to McGill may be de-registered.

If your tuition status is changed and your fees are reduced as a result of the document review process, McGill will waive the difference on any accumulated late payment or interest charges.

Legal Documents: Where Do I Send my Documents?

Legal Documents: Where Do I Send my Documents?

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You must send in all your documents after you have been accepted to McGill but before the start of classes. Do not send originals. Email or mail clear and legible copies of your documents. Write your McGill student ID on each document so that McGill can match them to your record. The sooner you submit your documents, the sooner the University can update your status and ensure that your record is in order. Refer to www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments for further details.
  • By Email:
  • Follow these steps to submit your legal documents electronically.
  1. Save the attached file in an accepted format.

    Standard PDF (.pdf) – encrypted PDFs will not be accepted.

    Tagged image format (.tif, .tiff for scanned images). Ensure that you save your documents properly in one of the above formats—do not just rename the file extension. Due to the possibility of computer viruses, McGill does not accept Microsoft Word documents (.doc), hypertext files (.htm, .html), JPG, GIF, or any other format.

  2. Ensure that the resolution used is at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) for an electronic replica (scan) of documentation (e.g., a scan of your birth certificate). The preferred file size is 100KB per image.
  3. Address your email to legaldocumentation [at] mcgill [dot] ca and attach your relevant scanned document(s). Attach the file(s) to your email; do not include the documents in the body of your email.
  4. Put your First Name, Last Name, and McGill ID number in the subject line of your email.

    Note: Individual email size (including your attachments) should not exceed 5 MB (5120 KB).

  • By Mail or Courier:
  • Enrolment Services
  • Documentation Centre
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 760
  • Montreal, QC H3A 3R1 CANADA
  • In Person:
  • Service Point
  • 3415 McTavish Street
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C8

For the School of Continuing Studies

For the School of Continuing Studies

By Mail or in Person:

  • McGill University
  • The School of Continuing Studies, Client Services Office
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West
  • 11th Floor
  • Montreal, QC H3A 3R1
By Fax:
  • 514-398-2650

If there is a problem with your documents, contact Client Services at:

Telephone: 514-398-6200

Email: info [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca; legaldocuments [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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