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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: August 2021: Easing of border measures coming into effect on August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am (ET). 
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.

FAQs for Accompanying Family Members

1. I am currently residing outside Canada and will be starting/resuming my studies at McGill in the upcoming term. Can my spouse and/or dependent children travel with me to Canada?

Yes. As per the current travel restrictions:

If you are an adult student with a family member (such as a spouse or dependent child) who wants to come with you to Canada, you must submit your applications together when you apply online. To be able to enter Canada, your family member needs to have one of the following:

  • a study or work permit
  • a letter of introduction showing they’ve been approved for a study or work permit
  • a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA)

They must also meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student, worker or visitor.

NOTE: If you are travelling together to Canada, your spouse and/or dependent child(ren) do not need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with you.

*For details, please visit the Immigration Canada website.

2. Can my parent, step-parent or legal guardian travel with me to Canada?

It depends. As per the current travel restrictions, if you are a minor child and require assistance in getting settled in Montreal, one immediate family member - such as your parent, step-parent or legal guardian - may enter Canada to help you.

If you are not a minor child but still require assistance in getting settled in Montreal, then you will need to have supporting documents (such as medical documents) that prove you need assistance to settle in Canada in order for one immediate family member to accompany you.

NOTE: Your parent, step-parent or legal guardian does not need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with you to Canada to help you get settled.

However, if you are not in either of the above two situations, it is not possible for your parent, step-parent or legal guardian to travel with you to Canada at this time.

*For details, please visit the Immigration Canada website.

3. I am currently residing inside Canada with a valid study permit and am pursuing my studies at McGill. Can my spouse and/or dependent children travel to Canada to reunite with me in Montreal?

It depends. As per the current travel restrictions, if you have a spouse and/or child(ren) who want to join you after you have already arrived or established yourself in Canada, they may be able to join you at a later date if they can demonstrate that their travel is non-discretionary, such as to live with you and accompany you during your studies.

What your family member will need to be authorized to travel to Canada will depend on which country they are travelling to Canada from.

  1. Immediate family members travelling to Canada from any country other than the US

If your spouse and/or dependent child(ren) are travelling from any country other than the US, they must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.

What is written authorization?
Written authorization is a letter issued by IRCC that confirms you’re exempt from the travel restrictions currently in place and are authorized to travel to Canada. It can only be used once and will only be valid for the period needed to travel to Canada.

NOTE: Your family member should not book their flight to Canada until they obtain written authorization from IRCC.

Find out how to request a written authorization.

  1. Immediate family members travelling to Canada directly from the US

Immediate family members travelling directly from the US to reunite with someone who is in Canada temporarily do not need written authorization from IRCC.

However, they must still provide evidence that their travel is non-discretionary, such as to live with their spouse, common-law partner, parent or step-parent.

*For full details, please visit Immigration Canada’s Immediate family members: How to unite with someone who is in Canada temporarily webpage.

4. I am from the United States and I plan to enter Canada by land. Can my parents enter Canada to drop me off at my Canadian residence and then return to the United States?

Under the current travel restrictions, immediate family members* may come to Canada if they entering for a non-discretionary and non-optional purpose:

  • Either they are your dependent (spouse or child) and will accompany you during your studies OR
  • They will help you settle in Canada. If you are a minor child, one immediate family member may enter Canada to help you. If you are not a minor child, then you will need to have supporting documents (such as medical documents) that prove you need assistance to settle in Canada, in order for one immediate family member to accompany you.

*An immediate family member is defined as a

Therefore, under the current travel restrictions, your parents may not enter Canada to drop you off at your residence, unless you are a minor child or an adult child who has documented reasons and you need assistance from one parent to help you settle in.

Note: the travel restrictions may change before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Please monitor our Entering Canada page for the latest information on entry requirements and travel restrictions.

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