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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: MAY 2021:
1. Newly admitted international students should apply before MAY 15th to ensure they will receive their Study Permit on-time for the start of the Fall semester.
2. International students with a valid study permit (or approval letter) can travel to Canada (McGill is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan).
3. 14-day quarantine is still required from ALL travellers entering Canada (even if vaccinated). For travellers arriving by air, the first three days of the quarantine must be done in a hotel designated by IRCC.

Please visit our COVID-19 page for additional news, resources, and FAQs.

Applying for a Study Permit with Proof of CAQ Application

The following are the instructions you should follow in order to apply for your study permit without a CAQ, and which documents to include in lieu of your CAQ with your online study permit application.

Applying for a Study Permit with Proof of CAQ Application

  1. In the field requesting your new CAQ, upload a Cover Letter explaining when you applied for your CAQ, why you are applying without your CAQ and request that the Immigration Officer holds off on processing your study permit application until you have uploaded your new CAQ via the IRCC web form.
  2. Your Cover Letter (Sample draft): 

    To whom it may concern,

    I am a newly admitted student at McGill University pursuing a degree in [PROGRAM]. As you can see from my attached documents, I applied for my new Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) on [DATE] and it is currently being processed. Because I would like to ensure that I receive a decision on my study permit application before the start of the Fall 2021 term, I am applying for a Study Permit without my new CAQ approval letter. As soon as I receive my CAQ approval letter, I will upload it via the IRCC Web Form. I am requesting that you allow my file to remain open until I submit my CAQ.

    If you need to contact me, you can reach me at [YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS] and/or [YOUR PHONE NUMBER].


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  3. You also need to include a screenshot of your online application summary for a new CAQ that shows all of the relevant dates for your application including the date you applied, the date you paid and any other milestones such as the dates your documents were received by Immigration Quebec; and
  4. CAQ document checklist; and

  5. Proof of payment for your new CAQ; and (if applicable);

  6. If you have received an Intention to Refuse letter, you can include this as well.

  7. NOTE: All the above documents can be merged into one PDF and uploaded in the field for your CAQ.

Once you submit your study permit application, it will be pending until an officer opens the application. As soon as your new CAQ has been approved, you must send your CAQ Approval Letter (check your Immigration Quebec account regularly to see when it has been issued) to Immigration Canada so that they may add it to your pending study permit application via the IRCC Web Form. You should not wait for Immigration Canada to request your CAQ as they do not always do so.

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