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.
Important Notice: Flagpoling at Canada/US border
US Citizens and US Permanent Residents who are currently in Canada may apply for their study permit by travelling to a US/Canada land border (“flapoling”). Students who choose to flagpole must do so during the flagpoling hours. Students will also have to respect the current border measures (i.e. take a pre-arrival COVID test, submit their information via the ArriveCAN app, etc.) prior to travelling to the border in order to apply for their study permit. See our Entering Canada page, under the Tab: Travelling to Canada by land for full details. Unvaccinated travellers may be required to quarantine after flagpoling.
After you have received your CAQ, you can apply for the Study Permit at the Port of Entry (border or airport – no application form required). You will need to have on hand:
- your valid passport
- your CAQ
- your letter of acceptance from McGill (available on Minerva)
- a photocopy of your proof of financial capacity
- the processing fee of $150 CAD (CAD or US cash, debit or credit card accepted)
If you are a minor and under 17 years of age, please also have copies of your custodianship documents on hand.
**IMPORTANT: Immigration Canada plans to expand their biometrics program. US Permanent Residents may be required to provide biometrics when applying for their study permit, for more information please see our News page. If you will be entering Canada by air and are a US Permanent Resident, you may need an eTA, for more information please see our eTA section.