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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: September 2021:
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.

Minors who are under 17 years of age

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.


The age of majority in Quebec is 18. However, only minors that are less than 17 are required to have a legal custodian. Therefore, If you will not be 17 years old by the time you travel to Canada, you must have a legal custodian in Montreal before starting immigration procedures to study at McGill. A custodian is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who is at least 18 years old and resides with you or within a reasonable distance from you.

IF YOU DO have a custodian in Montreal, please follow the instructions provided in the CAQ application by Immigration Quebec.

IF YOU DO NOT have a custodian in Montreal - and you will be living in McGill Student Residences - you can request to have the Associate Dean of Students act as your custodian by following the instructions below:


  1. Apply online for your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) through Immigration Quebec’s website.

  2. Once your online CAQ application has been submitted, you will receive a CAQ personalized checklist with a CAQ application number (6 digit number) found on the top right-hand corner of the checklist.

  3. Complete the Custodianship Request Letter. You must fill out all fields in the letter and include your CAQ application number. Incomplete letters will not be processed.

  4. The Custodianship Request Letter must be signed by both parents.

  5. Once completed, please scan and send (in PDF format) your Custodianship Request Letter with both parents’ original signatures to our office by email at international.students [at] (subject: Custodianship%20Request%20Letter%3A%20Write%20YOUR%20Name) . Important: make sure to write in the subject line of your email: “Custodianship Request Letter; First and Last Name”.  

  6. Once we receive your Custodianship Request Letter, we will process it and send you the Custodianship Acknowledgement Letter signed by the Associate Dean of Students within 10 business days. Only once you have received the signed Custodianship Acknowledgement Letter, please ensure that you complete the mandatory Next of Kin Information Sheet (online webform).

  7. You may then submit the original Custodianship Request Letter and the Custodianship Acknowledgement Letter with the supporting documents for your CAQ application. Please make sure to keep a copy of your Study Permit Application. 


Important Information:

  • If you are emancipated or will be almost 17 at the time that your program starts, please refer to the information provided on the Immigration Quebec Website. 
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