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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.

On Campus Work

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.

Planning to work during your studies?

On-Campus Work 

What does this mean?


Immigration Canada Definition

Documents needed 

How many hours can I work?

The number of hours is not specified by Immigration Canada. However, please note that Study Permit holders must be "actively pursuing their course or program of study" - i.e., "making continuous progress towards the completion of their degree". Also, Immigration Quebec requires CAQ holders to remain enrolled full-time for the duration of their studies.

You may work an unlimited number of work hours during an academic term and scheduled breaks.

Who is eligible?

Students registered in full-time studies** McGill degree, certificate, diploma students, visiting/exchange students, and who have a valid Study Permit.

To work during scheduled breaks, students must be registered full-time before and after scheduled breaks.

Who is NOT eligible?

  • Students who do not have a valid Study Permit (for example 1 term exchange/visiting students who only have a visitor status)
  • Students registered part-time (unless it's their final term of study and they have otherwise maintained full-time status for the duration of their program of study)

Where can you work on campus? 

I got the job... Now what?

  • Visit Onboarding Central to access practical tips and resources that will help you get the most out of your student employment experience.

 

** Definition of "Full-time" studies: 

* If you are a McGill degree-seeking student, and your Study Permit was issued June 1, 2014, or later, it will likely include conditions and/or remarks that clearly state that you are eligible to work on or off-campus if you meet the eligibility requirements.  This will be necessary in order to be able to apply for a Social Insurance Number.

If you are a McGill degree-seeking student, and your Study Permit does not include a reference to your eligibility to work on or off-campus, you can submit a request for an amendment to your study permit in order to be able to apply for a Social Insurance Number. The Request to Amend can only be submitted by mail - there is no fee for this request -and you can check the current processing time required.

  • If you are an undergraduate student: Minimum 12 credits per term (exceptions: scheduled breaks - like Reading Week & Summer - and the final term before graduation, when you are permitted to be registered part-time and still maintain your working privileges)
  • If you are a Non-Thesis Masters student:  Minimum 12 credits per term (exceptions: Department scheduled breaks (ask Dept. if unsure) and the final term before graduation, when you are permitted to be registered part-time and still maintain your working privileges)
  • If you are in a Graduate Thesis program (Masters, Phd): you are registered full-time in every academic term, including the summer, regardless of the number of credits per term. Note: thesis programs do not have any scheduled breaks.

 

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