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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Please visit our COVID-19 page for additional news, resources, and FAQs.

Traveling to the USA

Before reviewing the information below, please see ISS' COVID-19 FAQs and resources pages for up to date information on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration related matters.

Please note: The staff at International Student Services cannot advise on immigration requirements for the U.S., however we can direct you to relevant information (below).

US Temporary Visas


For general information about obtaining visas to visitto study, or to work in the US, please visit Travel.State.Gov (a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs).

For a Non-Immigrant visa, you are required to schedule an appointment through the Official US Visa Information and Appointment Service.

For the direct link to the online Non-Immigrant Visa application, click here.

If you have questions or need information about the immigration documents you need to travel to the US, please contact:

US Consulate General in Montréal
1155 rue Saint-Alexandre

Montréal, Québec
H3B 3Z1

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KEEP IN MIND

  • To re-enter Canada, make sure that your Passport and Study Permit are valid
  • Print your Proof of Registration from MINERVA

For students who are from countries that require Temporary Resident Visas (Entry Visa - TRV) to enter Canada:

a)  If you are ONLY visiting the US and travelling by land: you do not need the TRV when returning from the U.S.A. However, we recommend renewing your TRV if possible.

b)  If you are ONLY visiting the US and travelling by air: please confirm with your airline.

For students who are from countries that require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to Canada:

You do not require an eTA if you are a student or worker and you re-enter Canada after only visiting either the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, provided that you return to Canada by the end of the period initially authorized for your stay or any extension to it.  See eTA exemptions.

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