McGill University response to U.S. Executive Order restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Last week McGill University confirmed support of the Universities Canada response to the Executive Order prohibiting travel to the US by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Provost and Vice-Principal Christopher Manfredi thanks the nearly 400 respondents to last week’s survey on the effects of the Order for their thoughtful responses.

While the restriction on travel by citizens of these countries has been suspended by US courts for the moment, McGill is nevertheless implementing the following measures to support individuals whose academic pursuits have been restricted by the Executive Order. We will review these measures as necessary if the suspension of the Executive Order continues indefinitely.

McGill graduate students, postdocs and faculty members

  • Current McGill graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who are citizens of the seven affected countries are eligible to apply for financial support to offset unexpected costs resulting from direct restrictions on travel related to academic pursuits during the period in which the Executive Order was operative. This might include, for example, conference registration fees, or flight costs that are otherwise non-refundable. This measure will be extended if the Executive Order is reinstated. To request support provost [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Request%20for%20support%20of%20costs%20incurred%20as%20a%20result%20of%20US%20travel%20restrictions) (write to this address).

Individuals outside McGill who are citizens of the affected countries

  • Deadlines to apply to certain undergraduate and graduate programs are extended for citizens of the seven affected countries. Application fees for admission to programs in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 will likewise be reimbursed. 
  • McGill University will establish a financial assistance fund for newly admitted students who are citizens of the seven affected countries to offset unexpected costs associated with changed academic plans or additional costs incurred due to the Executive Order.


Should the Executive Order be reinstated

  • McGill will cooperate as necessary with Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions to facilitate temporary exchange arrangements for citizens of the seven countries currently enrolled at US institutions and whose mobility is inhibited by the Executive Order.
  • McGill faculty who are willing to host a colleague from a US institution who is prevented from returning to his or her home institution as a result of the Executive Order may also apply to the financial assistance fund to offset the cost of welcoming these scholars to McGill. This might include, for example, support of the cost of office-set up or the acquisition of basic materials. The University will facilitate the granting of Visiting Scholar status to these individuals.


McGill remains committed to supporting international collaboration, partnership, and the free exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing, all of which are hallmarks of the modern academic world.