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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.

Renewing Immigration Documents

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! If your immigration documents have expired, you cannot resume your studies unless you have maintained status or you have obtained a new CAQ and Study Permit. All international students are responsible for maintaining valid immigration documents and legal status throughout the duration of their program of studies.

Requirements for Renewing Immigration Documents:

Document 1-term Exchange Student
(Less than 6 months) continuing studies to the second term
Degree Student
(Undergraduate & Graduate) continuing studies in the same degree or new degree

Valid Passport*



Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) Yes Yes
Study Permit  Yes Yes
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)* *If applicable. These documents correspond to the nationality of the student. Check HERE to find out if you need one to enter Canada. ONLY U.S. Citizens are exempt from needing an eTA or a TRV




Renew your Passport (at least 6 months before expiry).  Check this list of foreign representatives in Canada to find your country's closest Consulate or Embassy.

Important tips:

  • While your documents are being processed... It is strongly recommended that you remain in Canada while your immigration documents are being processed.  Please see "Can I travel while waiting for my online study permit renewal application made inside Canada is still in process?" here.
  • Keep records  Ensure that you keep a photocopy of all application forms and supporting documents that you send to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Immigration Québec.
  • Track your application  Always mail important documents using a mail or courier service that allows you to track your items. It is important for you to have proof of the date that your dossier was received. You should also keep the receipt of delivery for your records.
  • Your contact information  Please remember that if your documents are being processed by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office in Vegreville, your Study Permit can only be mailed to an address in Canada, so please ensure that you indicate a valid Canadian mailing address and a phone number where messages can be left in your application.
  • "Restoration of Status" fee  If you apply to renew your Study Permit after it expires, you must pay a "Restoration of Status" fee. Once it has been renewed, you must submit a copy of both your CAQ and Study Permit to Enrolment Services.

  • IMPORTANT transcript information:  Immigration Authorities will not accept a transcript with the “COPY” remarks on it. The use of an e-transcript with the “COPY” remarks will lead to the refusal of your PGWP application. The “COPY” remarks will appear when you print the e-transcript or download it improperly. For information or questions about the e-transcript please see McGill Student Record’s website.

  • In order to ensure that Immigration Authorities accept your transcript, we recommend that you only use the printed official transcript ordered through Service Point. For online applications, you may scan a PDF of the printed official transcript.


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