Please check this page regularly for updates. Contact our office for any questions or to verify information you have heard from other sources. ISSS and the University support you and value your presence on our campus and in our community. ISSS, together with the University administration and other relevant offices, continues to monitor changes to immigration policy and enforcement to ensure we can provide you with current and correct information.
Summary: The Trump administration released a proclamation Sunday September 24th that imposes restrictions on immigrant and non-immigrant nationals of 8 countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Sudan has been removed from the list of impacted countries. Please see below for important information about the impact on students and scholars.
Current information: updated 1/02/2018
- The new proclamation places restrictions on immigrant and non-immigrant entry to the United States for the 8 countries listed above.
- Current, valid visas will not be revoked.
- U.S. citizens are not subject to travel restrictions.
- Restrictions are specific to each country. Please see this link for a chart which explains the basic restrictions for each country.
- October 18, 2017 the new restrictions will go into effect for nationals from the 8
listed countries. The “bona fide relationship” exemption will no longer be available.
Note that Iranian nationals applying for F, J, or M visas are not subject to the new
restrictions, but should expect increased vetting and visa processing time.
For specific questions about the travel ban or visa delays, contact the Office of International Admissions or ISSS directly.
- The travel ban currently governs issuance of visas and entry to the United States. For now, there is no indication that USCIS processing of immigration benefits will be impacted.
- Visa processing has been reported to be extremely slow in many countries, including those not included in the ban. Vetting and security checks can be expected to increase. Allow substantial extra time for visa applications and renewals.
- Visa appointments will not be cancelled. The Consulate will determine if an individual is subject to the ban or eligible for a waiver during the visa application process.
- Relatives from the 8 named countries are expected to have difficulty traveling to the U.S., as any waivers are on a case by case basis and require meeting certain specific conditions.
- We expect to continue to see increased vetting/ questioning at the border and at the U.S. Consulate possible for anyone applying for a visa and entering the United States. (See below for guidance).
- Nationals from the named countries may wish to remain in the US if currently here. If you decide to travel, please contact ISSS before travel to discuss possible risks.
- We suggest that international students and scholars from the 8 countries avoid travel outside the U.S. You are welcome to contact our office to further discuss potential travel needs and risks.
- If you were planning, or need to have relatives visit you in the U.S., please contact the ISSS for guidance.
- Expect increased screening at the U.S. border and consulates, including a review of your social media accounts. We do not recommend deleting social media accounts before entering; however we do recommend you are aware that what you are posting/ viewing will be reviewed upon entry.
- Departments, faculty, and staff working with impacted students and scholars are encouraged to contact ISSS with questions or concerns.
- Contact the ISSS office for specific questions and concerns.
- US citizen members of the U community with questions regarding travel to one of the 8 listed countries may contact the Global Risk Manager, Sean Bridegam.
- Message to Students/Scholars: September 25, 2017
- Guidance for Campus Departments and Offices: September 25, 2017
- Admissions Communication to Recent Admits: June 28, 2017
- University Support for International Community: June 27, 2017
- ISSS Message to International Students and Scholars: June 26, 2017
- EO Update email: February 4, 2017
- Support for International Community: January 31, 2017
- Information on Recent Executive Order: January 27, 2017 Communication
We know our students and scholars may be feeling afraid, anxious, angry, and uncertain about their future. If this situation negatively impacts you, or your ability to be successful as a student or scholar, please speak with an ISSS advisor as soon as possible.
The offices below can also provide support and resources.
University Counseling Center
Women’s Resource Center