ISS is here for you.

All services continue to be offered remotely during regular business hours.

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: August 2021: Easing of border measures coming into effect on August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am (ET). 
The latest updates can be found on the Entering Canada page.
            1. 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). Before making travel plans, please refer to our Entering Canada page.
            2. Fully vaccinated travellers authorized to enter Canada by land or by air, are now exempt from the federal requirement to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine continues to be required for all other travellers who are not considered fully vaccinated.
           3. For more information, please refer to McGill's quarantine resources and IHI’s vaccination FAQs.

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

International Students Already in Canada

Before reviewing the information below, please see ISS' COVID-19 FAQs and resources pages for up to date information on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration related matters.

BIOMETRICS REQUIREMENT EXPANDED TO INSIDE CANADA APPLICATIONS: As of December 3, 2019, you must submit biometrics in order to extend or apply for an immigration document from inside Canadae.g. study permit, work permit, visitor record, and temporary resident visa (TRV/Visitor Visa/Entry Visa). See the ISS News Section (December 3, 2019 entry) and Immigration Canada’s website for more information. U.S. citizens are currently exempt from having to provide biometrics. For a full list of exemptions, see Immigration Canada’s website.

International students that studied at a Canadian institution and are already in Canada should consult the table below, to ensure that they have the correct mandatory immigration documents.

  Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec                Study Permit
CEGEP in Quebec* Apply for a new level-specific CAQ

If your Study Permit will be valid at the start of your McGill program, you may begin your studies with your current Study Permit. (log in to your MyCIC account, and update your designated learning institution name).

If your Study Permit will expire before the start of your McGill program, apply to extend your Study Permit before it expires (after CAQ approval).

High School Outside of Quebec* Apply for an initial CAQ

If your Study Permit will be valid at the start of your McGill program, you may begin your studies with your current Study Permit. (log in to your MyCIC account, and update your designated learning institution name).

If your Study Permit will expire before the start of your McGill program, apply to extend your Study Permit before it expires (after CAQ approval).

Post-Secondary Institution Outside of Quebec  Apply for an initial CAQ

If your Study Permit will be valid at the start of your McGill program, you may begin your studies with your current Study Permit. (log in to your MyCIC account, and update your designated learning institution name).

If your Study Permit will expire before the start of your McGill program, apply to extend your Study Permit before it expires.

* Please note that you must have a valid CAQ for post-secondary studies that is specific to your level of studies (e.g. a CAQ for 1er/premier cycle if you are completing your Bachelors; CAQ for 2e cycle if you are completing your Master's; CAQ for 3e cycle if you are completing a PhD) and a valid Study Permit in order to start your program at McGill.

In Canada as a Visitor?

Students who are already in Canada as Visiting and Exchange students (for only 1 term - with visitors status) can apply for a CAQ and Study Permit from within Canada should their exchange be extended to 2 terms (thus requiring a CAQ and Study Permit).  Please see "Applying for a Study Permit from within Canada" on the Immigration Canada website for details and for other categories of visitors who are eligible for this option. Only those visitors in Canada listed on Immigration Canada's website can apply for their Study Permit from within Canada. Visitors in Canada that are authorized to apply for their Study Permit from within Canada are authorized to begin their studies while they wait for their Study Permit application to be processed as long as they apply for their Study Permit before the expiry of their visitor status.

Visitors who do not meet the criteria outlined in the above website will have to apply for a Study Permit at a Canadian Visa Office outside Canada. Consult the "Get a study permit" section of Immigration Canada’s website for more information. **IMPORTANT: Immigration Canada plans to expand their biometrics program. As a visitor in Canada, you may be required to provide biometrics when applying for your study permit at a Canadian Visa Office outside Canada. For more information on biometrics please see our News page.

 

Back to top