Since June 11, 2007, the Provincial Government extended health care coverage under the province's Medical Care Plan (MCP) to international students undertaking post-secondary studies in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The program applies to any foreign individual issued an official study permit by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before entering the country. The individual must be attending a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Newfoundland and Labrador for a period of at least 12 months. Dependents of the student will also be covered under MCP, provided they are living in the province and have relevant documentation to support their application.
Coverage will become effective for eligible students and dependents on the date of enrollment in a full time post secondary program. Eligible students must present a letter of enrollment from the educational institution at the time of registration. Coverage is renewable on a yearly basis, with a current enrollment letter, and will terminate upon completion of the study program or the date of departure from the province, whichever is earlier. Students must be attending school and residing in the province in order to avail of coverage. Work terms outside the province are not covered.
Only services listed under the Medical Care Insured Services Regulations and the Hospital Insurance Plan Regulations will be accessible for International Students. Health insurance for other services (ie. coverage of prescription drugs) is currently available for International Students to purchase through post-secondary institutions such as Memorial University.
International students will be eligible for coverage while visiting (30 days or less) outside the province only during the period specified on their study permit provided the authorization remains valid through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If it is determined that an International Student is outside of the province for extended periods of stay their eligibility for coverage in Newfoundland and Labrador may be re-evaluated.
All applicants must complete a form for coverage under MCP.
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