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FAQ: International Students

Incoming International Students

I am an international applicant who cannot take physical English proficiency tests as centres are closed. What are my options?

In response to COVID-19, both the IELTS and TOEFL tests have been made available online for students who are unable to take the tests at a test centre. Please see the information on their respective websites. If you currently reside in a location where English proficiency testing is not available, contact your department. 

What if my university cannot provide official transcripts to complete my admissions file?

Electronic copies of official transcripts and proofs of degree can be sent to officialschooldocs [at] mcgill.ca.

I am an incoming international student. Will I be able to travel to Canada for the Fall semester?

Please see the latest information about entering Canada on the website of International Student Services. If you have financial concerns in anticipation of entering Canada and facing the new COVID-19 quarantine requirements, you may apply for financial aid through McGill’s Quarantine Bursary Program.

If I obtain my immigration documents late, can I join my classes late?

Plan to be present in Montreal to join your classes at the start of term. Apply for a CAQ and federal study permit as soon as possible to allow time for processing. Once you obtain your study permit or study permit approval letter, you can travel to Canada. Be sure to also submit a copy of your CAQ and study permit to McGill. For more information on legal documents, consult these instructions.

If you submitted your complete study permit application (including your biometrics and immigration medical exam) by May 15, you should receive a decision by early August. If your immigration documents are delayed, contact your department and your supervisor as soon as possible to discuss your options. 

I am an international applicant and have just been admitted to McGill. When can I move to Montreal?

International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Registration for new students starts on July 6, 2021 and ends on August 14, 2021. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

In addition to meeting the travel restrictions above, international students will also have to respect measures put in place for travellers entering Canada by air and/or by land. Once you meet the entry requirements, you can make plans to travel.

Financial help is available to assist with financial barriers that would prohibit you from travelling to Montreal and attending McGill. Information about McGill's Quarantine Bursary Program is available on the Scholarship and Student Aid website. 

I am an incoming international student and would need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Montreal. What resources are available to me?

Please consult McGill’s Self-Quarantine Resources. If you are entering Canada, you must also comply with current testing and quarantine measures.

Will McGill’s medical insurance for international students cover any COVID-related illness?

McGill’s International Health Insurance (IHI) plan, which international students are required to enrol in, covers testing, hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19 in Canada. For more information, please see the International Students Health Insurance Plan FAQs. International students will also be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination - consult Vaccination FAQs on the International Student Services website for details. 

 

Returning International Students

I am an international student currently living abroad. Will I be able to travel to Canada for the Fall 2021 semester?

International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Please see the latest information about entering Canada on the website of International Student Services.

I am an international student at the end of my degree, and currently outside Canada. I am getting ready to submit my thesis remotely and will have my oral defence online. My immigration documents are about to expire. Do I have to renew them in order to graduate?

If you wish to continue studying remotely this winter and/or summer (including thesis submission and oral defence), you may do so without valid immigration documents. You will be able to graduate without re-entering Canada. Note that this may impact your eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). If you are interested in obtaining a PGWP, you must consult International Student Services before the expiry of your immigration documents to discuss your options.

I am an international student, and my study permit is about to expire/has just expired. I applied for a renewal before expiry but haven’t received my new study permit yet. My McGill record indicates a registration hold. How can this be removed?

If you applied to renew your study permit before its expiry date from within Canada, you can submit proof of renewal application to Legal Documents to have the registration hold temporarily lifted so you can register. You will be considered to have an implied status until your study permit application has been processed. Once you obtain your new study permit, you must submit a copy to Legal Documents to have your record update.

I am an international student in time limitation. Can I request an extension to my degree?

International students reaching time limitation can submit a request for extension to associatedeans.gps [at] mcgill.ca. All requests will be reviewed by an Associate Dean at GPS, and if needed, extensions will be granted for one term. Your request should be copied to your supervisor and Graduate Program Director, specifying the reasons for the request, and a timeline for thesis submission. Note that after your request for an extension is granted, you will remain registered and continue paying fees. If your study permit is about to expire, you must consult International Student Services for advice regarding renewal of your immigration documents.

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