Quick Links

Work Permit Application Guide

For students applying from within Canada


CIC NOTICE:  As of June 1st, 2014, all NEW Study Permits automatically include an Off-Campus Work authorization (see CIC notice).


Before you start, make sure you understand which type of work permit is right for you.


ONLINE Application process*:

* International Students (with valid Study Permits) who are from TRV/Entry Visa-exempt countries have the option of applying for their Post-Grad Work Permit at the border or port of entry and obtaining it the same day - see bottom of page for details.


1. Log on to MyCIC (or register for an account - or a "GC Key" - if you don't have one already)


2. Fill out the Questionnaire

  • Be sure to include your UCI (Universal Client ID - which can be found on your Study Permit)


3. Complete the PDF Application Form provided

  • save it to your desktop, and upload it to your application (the electronic signature is not needed).
  • No job offer is necessary when applying for co-op/internship, spousal or post graduation work permits.  You can indicate "not applicable" in fields requesting this information.
  • No Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is necessary for the above work permits; you can leave this section blank.

NOTE:  McGill's CIC Designated Learning Institution number (DLI#) is O19359011033


4. Upload required documents

  • Upload your saved IMM5710 form to your application
  • When asked to upload your passport, be sure to include ALL stamped/marked pages of your passport, and include any Study or Work Permit stapled into your passport.  These should all be scanned into 1 document.
  • For co-op/internship work permits: upload the letter provided to you by your Co-op/Internship Office at McGill in the designated area.
  • For post graduation work permits: upload proof that you have completed all the requirements of your program (i.e. all your final grades have been posted or your final thesis has been defended, revised and submitted).  Once McGill Senate has met and approved convocations, this letter can be printed directly off Minerva (from "Graduation Query"), or you can submit original transcripts (if the transcript indicates that the degree has been granted).  If you need this confirmation prior to Senate meeting, please contact your Faculty Advising Office (Undergraduates) or your Department (Graduate students).
  • If you were required to do a medical exam as part of your work permit application, upload proof of this (i.e. a receipt) in the additional documents section.


5. Pay the required fees, if applicable:

  • Co-op/internship work permit = fee exempt (free)
  • Post Graduation work permit = $155 + new $100 fee (as of Feb. 21, 2015) = $255
  • Spousal work permit = $155 + new $100 fee (as of Feb. 21, 2015) = $255 

 

6. Wait to receive your work permit in the mail

You can check how long it will take before you get your Work Permit here.  Processing times vary according to volume and time of year.
 


* International Students from TRV/Entry Visa-exempt countries:

You have the option of applying for their Post-Grad Work Permit at the border or port of entry and obtaining it the same day, at the following border crossings in Quebec (instead of online):

  • Lacolle/Champlain
  • St. Armand/Phillipsburg
  • Stanstead

bus_service_to_the_us_border.pdf

Don't forget to bring:

  1. Passport
  2. Valid Study Permit
  3. Proof that you have completed all the requirements of your program (i.e. all your final grades have been posted or your final thesis has been defended, revised and submitted).  Once McGill Senate has met and approved convocations, this letter can be printed directly off Minerva (from "Graduation Query"), or you can submit original transcripts (if the transcript indicates that the degree has been granted).  If you need this confirmation prior to Senate meeting, please contact your Faculty Advising Office (Undergraduates) or your Department (Graduate students).
  4. Application fee: $155 + new $100 fee (as of Feb. 21, 2015) = $255

If you are required to do a medical exam for your work permit application (see Jobs for which you need a medical exam), bring proof of this (i.e. a medical exam receipt).

Optional:  If you do not yet have a job lined up, it may be wise to have proof that you have enough funds to live in Canada while job-hunting (e.g. bank statement), in case this is requested by the immigration official.


 

Having problems with your CIC online application? 

Contact the CIC Call Centre at 1.888.242.2100 or write to CIC


Please note:

International Student Services (ISS) provides information regarding immigration documents (i.e. Study Permits, CAQ, Temporary Resident Visas, Work Permits) required for  international students to study or work at McGill. 

Please note that ISS cannot provide advice to you, or act on your behalf, on such immigration matters.  Our website provides links to Immigration Quebec and Citizenship and Immigration Canada where complete information, application forms and instructions are available.

International students seeking information on immigrating to Canada can check the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website as well as the Quebec Immigration website.