International Students (including U.S.A.)

Concerning COVID-19 and your legal documents

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For international students admitted to and starting their studies in Winter 2021 and located OUTSIDE of Canada with missing, expiring, or expired legal documents: International students who begin their term remotely and from outside of Canada should apply for a CAQ and Federal study permit as soon as possible, regardless of their plans to study from outside of Canada. Please provide the CAQ as soon as possible once received. Please review the entire section below to ensure you are aware of all deadlines that apply to you.

  • For newly-admitted students registered in the Winter 2021 term with MISSING legal documents: You are required to have applied for your CAQ by December 15, 2020. If you still have not received your CAQ and/or Federal study permit by February 15, 2021, please forward the proof of application for your CAQ and/or study permit to us by March 1, 2021. Failure to do so will have the same impact as a student record showing missing immigration documents (refer to the Missing Documents page).
  • For returning students registered in the Winter 2021 term with EXPIRING or EXPIRED legal documents: If you still have not received your CAQ and/or Federal study permit by February 15, 2021, please forward the proof of submission of your CAQ extension application to us by March 1, 2021. Failure to do so will have the same impact as a student record showing expiring and expired immigration documents (refer to the Missing Documents page).
  • As proof of application:
    • For the CAQ, please provide a screenshot of your application status screen from your QC Immigration (MIFI) online portal (PDF icon sample image - proof of CAQ application.pdf).
    • For the study permit, a copy of either the PDF confirmation of application letter, or the PDF approval letter from the Immigration Canada online portal.

For international students registered in Winter 2021 and located INSIDE of Canada with expiring or expired legal documents: See the sections concerning expiring, expired, and implied legal status on the Missing Documents web page. If you applied to renew your study permit from within Canada before your current study permit expired and remain in Canada while the study permit renewal application is processing, you can submit proof of your study permit renewal application to have the registration hold temporarily lifted so you can register. You will be considered to have implied status until your study permit application has been processed. Once you obtain your new study permit, you must submit a copy to have your record updated.


Immigration document requirements vary depending on your program of studies and the length of time you will be studying at McGill. The effective dates of your immigration documents must cover you from the first day of your first semester at McGill until the last day of your last semester of studies here.

If your immigration documents expire during your studies, you are considered to be out of status in Canada. It is essential that you renew your immigration documents on time. You are responsible for ensuring that your documents are valid throughout your academic studies at McGill.

For information concerning how to apply for or renew your relevant immigration documents, please contact International Student Services (ISS). For advice concerning immigration matters, please contact Immigration Canada and/or Immigration Québec.


Studying more than 6 months

You will be studying at McGill for more than six months (i.e. for more than one semester).
Medical and Dental Residents, and Postdoctoral students, please refer to the 3rd tab "Postgraduate & postdoctoral"

Documents required:

Please note that the PDF icon Immigration Canada notification letter is not the study permit, it is a notification for your personal records. You usually cannot send us your study permit in advance since it is issued at the port of entry into Canada. Please provide it to us when you have arrived on campus.

Studying less than 6 months (ONLY one term, e.g. on exchange, as visiting, etc)

You will be studying at McGill for less than six months (i.e. for less than one academic semester) as a non-degree student (e.g. exchange, special, visiting)

Documents required:



  • You MAY need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV/Visitor Visa) or eTA issued by Immigration Canada. To determine if you are required to have a visa, please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
  • Permanent Code (the paper form is only required from Special Students in Continuing Studies or in Summer Studies)
  • Students applying to Summer Studies are required to provide the copy of their valid passport with the registration package.

Postgraduate & postdoctoral

You will be enrolled in McGill University's Postgraduate Medical Program, Postgraduate Dental Program or Postdoctoral Studies program

*International Postgraduate Medicine students: for assistance please contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Office.

Two documents required:


IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING DOUBLE PROGRAMS: If you are attending McGill as a clinical fellow, medical resident, etc, and are ALSO registered for courses or a study program (e.g. Master's, Special Student, etc), please forward us the work permit AS WELL AS the study permit and CAQ. For any questions concerning what permits are required, students registered in more than one type of program (work and study) should contact ISS (International Student Services).

Thesis Away

If you are a registered graduate student physically residing outside of Canada (and are not commuting to McGill), immigration permits are not necessary during the time spent continuing your studies abroad.


While your permits on record in Minerva remain valid, there is no further action for you to take. However, if your permits are expiring or have expired while outside Canada, in order to have a note indicating "Thesis Away" added in your Minerva transcript, please complete this WEB FORM.

Important Notes:

1. The International Student Services Office wants you to be aware that Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers a Post Graduation Work Permit Program, allowing work in Canada for up to 3 years.  A valid CAQ and Study Permit as well as a confirmation of graduation from McGill are required to qualify for this program. Unless you return to McGill while you are still registered for your thesis and renew your immigration documents, you will not qualify for the Post Graduation Work permit program.  For more information on immigration regulations, please contact International Students Services (international.students [at]

2. Also, the Student Aid Office advises all students who are recipients of US Direct Loans from the U.S. Department of Education, that students registered at McGill for their thesis/research but who reside in the US during the academic year, no longer qualify for the US loan program.  If you have any inquiries regarding your US loans, please contact the Student Aid Office (us.studentaid [at]


Check Minerva to determine which document is missing or has expired (Student>>Student Accounts Menu>> PDF icon View Tuition Fee and Legal Status)

IMPORTANT: The data fields in Minerva are named CAQ and Federal Authorization, these labels are not necessarily indicative of the documents you must provide. Document requirements vary according to type, level and length of program as well as your specific status in Canada and Quebec. Please refer to above for immigration permit requirements according to program and forward us your permits; upon review we will confirm by email if any items are outstanding.

See the missing documents web page for information on CONSEQUENCES of missing immigration permits.




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