U.S. travel ban information and resources

The University of Alberta stands behind any students, faculty or staff affected by the United States travel ban. If you require support or assistance, please refer to the information below.


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Current students and staff

If you are a current U of A staff member or student and have been affected by the ban, or think you will be, we want to hear from you. Staff in the university's Office of Emergency Management are gathering this information. Please contact them at oem.manager@ualberta.ca with the subject line “U.S. Travel Ban.”

Prospective students

The University of Alberta offers more than 400 diverse programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Visit ualberta.ca/prospective-students and find your place at the U of A or contact us at welcome@international.ualberta.ca if you have questions.

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Interfaith Chaplains Association

Multi-faith Prayer and Meditation Space

  • Located in 172 HUB

Off-Campus Travel Emergency Support

If you are experiencing travel difficulties, contact:


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Global Affairs Canada

Current information about travelling to the U.S. is available on the Government of Canada travel website.


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Travel Advice For Students, Faculty & Staff

  • For all: International SOS for travel advice
    • 1-215-354-5000 (UAlberta membership #27ACAS601957) 
      This consultation service is free of charge to members of UAlberta community. Contact International SOS if you are considering travelling, or have travel already planned.

Counselling and Support Services

For students:

For faculty and staff:


Interfaith Chaplains Association

Multi-faith Prayer and Meditation Space

  • Located in 172 HUB

Updates

U.S. immigration ban update

Monday, July 17, 2016

Grandparents of U.S. citizens from the 6 countries—Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen—are eligible to receive U.S. visas, following a ruling from a U.S. district judge in Hawaii. Read more.


Monday, June 29, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a limited version of the March executive order can proceed. The decision allows a temporary suspension of entry to foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, who are outside the United States as of June 26, 2017, who did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. EST on January 27, 2017, and who do not have a valid visa as on 8 p.m. EDT on June 29, 2017.

According to the Government of Canada, the temporary restrictions do not apply to Canadian citizens travelling on a Canadian passport, including Canadian citizens with dual citizenship with one of the 6 countries. Before you travel, contact U.S. Customs and Border Patrol or the Embassy of the United States of America or one of its consulates if you have any questions on entry requirements.

To see how this order could affect you, please refer to the Q&A published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

On March 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order for a revised travel ban. Effective March 16, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, who are outside the U.S. and who did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on the effective date of this order are not eligible to enter the U.S. while the temporary suspension remains in effect. Thus, any individual who had a valid visa either on Jan. 27, 2017 (prior to 5 p.m. EST) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the executive order is not barred from seeking entry.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Canadian government will review the revised order to fully understand its implications.

To see how this order could affect you, please refer to the Q&A published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Please contact your local U.S. Embassy if you require any additional information. Also, please contact your airline directly for the most accurate flight information.


UAlberta waives application fees

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2017

The U of A has waived application fees for citizens of the seven countries affected by the U.S. travel ban. Applicants from these affected countries with questions about study permits, or concerns about meeting application or document deadlines, should contact University of Alberta International at welcome@international.ualberta.ca for advice. The university will make efforts to accommodate, wherever possible.

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President Turpin stresses UAlberta commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Today, as president of the University of Alberta—but also as a citizen of Alberta and Canada—I want to voice our university’s firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the face of rising isolationism and division. These values guide our actions every day in a myriad of small ways, but sometimes, we are called to stand up for them in visible and vocal ways.

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