Relevant current events


August 17, 2017

Attention: Students who are eligible to apply for their temporary resident documents (study permits or work permits such as co-op work permits or post-graduate work permits) at a US/Canada land border should note the following:

  • The land borders between the United States and Canada are dealing with a high volume of asylum seekers, in particular the land borders between Quebec and New York state.
  • Students who attempt to apply for their temporary resident documents at a US/Canada border may face longer than usual wait times or, if the border does not have the resources to process the application, students may be asked to apply online or asked to return on another day.

*Please note that to our knowledge students have been successfully obtaining their study permits and work permits, however, we cannot predict the outcome at the border. The above information is to bring to your attention possible scenarios that you may experience at the Quebec/New York border. 

June 27, 2017

Canada imposes a visa requirement on Antigua and Barbuda

Details here.

June 26, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court allows Donald Trump to enforce parts of 90-day travel ban

‘The court said Monday the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced as long as they lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The justices will hear arguments in the case in October.

Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts.’

See details here and ongoing coverage here.

MARCH 19, 2017

US president Donald Trump's new travel ban blocked once again.

See details here.

March 6, 2017

US president Donald Trump signs a new executive order temporarily barring travel to the U.S. of citizens from 6 countries — Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The new executive order excludes Iraq, which was part of the initial travel ban.  The order goes into effect March 16th. See details here.

February 7, 2017 - McGill's Response to the U.S. Executive OrDER

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.

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. We welcome all students and scholars, from all countries, respecting Canadian law and our own institutional terms of governance.
February 6, 2017

US Federal court reverses travel ban -  read latest news here. 

February 2, 2017 

FAQS Posted by US Government concerning recently implemented travel restrictions

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has release more information on the President of the United States’ recent executive order. You can find a list of FAQs about the executive order at this link.

January 31, 2017 - U.S. travel restrictions / Limites imposées aux voyageurs étrangers par les E.-U.

A message Sent on behalf of Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) /  Un message de Christopher Manfredi, vice-principal éxecutif et vice-principal aux études

[La version française apparaît ci-dessous.]

The Executive Order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, restricting entry to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, may present restrictions on the movement of McGill’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as of the University’s academic activities. Such an order is also contrary to our institutional character as “a community that embraces diversity, welcomes the best and the brightest from around the world and celebrates the freedom of our professors and our students to engage with their peers everywhere to study, pursue research and discover” (see the Principal’s message to the community).

Principal Fortier has tasked me to work expeditiously with the senior leadership within my office, as well as others with appropriate insight and expertise, to understand the actual and potential scope of the Executive Order, and to identify measures to mitigate its impact on members of both the McGill community (students, faculty, and staff) and the broader academic and scholarly communities with which we interact.

To this end, I am seeking input from members of the University community on the following questions:

  1. Concretely, what is the actual or potential impact, especially in the next six months, of this Executive Order on you, colleagues within or outside McGill, or your planned academic activities?
  1. What measures can and should McGill put in place to support students, faculty and administrative and support staff affected by these circumstances?  What measures should we consider to assist the broader academic community of scholars and students who might be affected by the Executive Order?

A website has been set up to collect your responses.

The urgency of this situation calls for your attention to this matter in a most timely fashion. Please respond by noon on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Christopher Manfredi

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)


Le décret promulgué par le président américain Donald Trump vendredi dernier, limitant l’entrée aux États-Unis de citoyens de sept pays à majorité musulmane, peut avoir une incidence sur les déplacements des étudiants, des membres du corps professoral et du personnel de l’Université McGill, de même que sur les activités d’enseignement et de recherche qui y sont menées. Par ailleurs, un tel décret est contraire à la nature propre de notre institution, reconnue comme « une communauté qui favorise la diversité, accueille les personnes les plus talentueuses des quatre coins du monde et se réjouit de la liberté dont disposent les membres de son corps professoral et étudiant, ces derniers étant libres de tisser des liens avec leurs pairs de partout afin de mener des travaux de recherche et de réaliser des découvertes » (consulter le message de la principale à la communauté).

La principale Fortier m’a demandé de collaborer avec diligence avec les membres de la haute direction au sein de mon bureau, de même qu’avec les personnes disposant des connaissances et de l’expertise pertinentes, afin de bien comprendre la nature et la portée de ce décret migratoire et d’établir les mesures qui en atténueront l’impact auprès de la communauté mcgilloise (membres du corps étudiant et professoral et du personnel) ainsi qu’auprès des communautés universitaire et savante avec lesquelles nous collaborons.

À cet effet, je sollicite la participation de la communauté universitaire afin de trouver réponse aux questions suivantes :

  1. Concrètement, et ce, plus particulièrement au cours des six prochains mois, quelles sont les conséquences concrètes ou potentielles du décret migratoire pour vous, vos collègues – rattachés à McGill ou de l’extérieur – et pour les activités universitaires que vous comptiez entreprendre?
  1. Quelles mesures l’Université peut-elle et doit-elle mettre en place afin d’appuyer les étudiants, les membres du corps professoral et du personnel administratif et de soutien touchés par le décret migratoire? Quelles mesures doit-elle envisager afin de prêter main-forte à la communauté de chercheurs et étudiante susceptible d’être touchée par ce décret?

Un site Web a été créé afin de recueillir vos réponses.

L’importance de la situation requiert votre attention de manière urgente. Nous vous prions de répondre d’ici le jeudi 2 février 2017, à midi.

Christopher Manfredi

Vice-principal éxecutif et vice-principal aux études


The President of the United States signed an Executive Order on January 27th, 2017, stating that: 

"For the next 90 days, nearly all travelers, except U.S. citizens, traveling on passports from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen will be temporarily suspended from entry to the United States." 
Read full statement on the Department of Homeland Security's website.

As of January 30th, 2017, International Student Services (ISS) at McGill strongly recommends that nationals from the countries listed above refrain from traveling to the United States (including for the purpose of flagpoling in order to obtain Canadian Immigration Documents at the US/Canadian Border). ISS will update this notice as more information becomes available.