Page last updated Tuesday, June 25, 2020.

We will continue to send out notices only if significant updates are available through:

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June 22, 2020 Update

On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration released its Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak. The proclamation, which goes into effect at 12:01 am ET on June 24, 2020, extends restrictions that were initially announced on April 22, 2020, but also includes additional restrictions, which are listed below. The proclamation will be in effect until December 31, 2020, and please note that the administration could modify this ban at any time.

While there had been broad concerns that the administration would include significant changes to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, the proclamation did not include any modifications to OPT, STEM OPT, or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). However, the new proclamation does add several new restrictions which suspends entry into the United States for individuals in the following categories (through December 31, 2020) unless the person is sponsored for and obtains a waiver of the entry restrictions:

  • H-1B, H-2B, and any accompanying spouse and/or dependent children,
  • J-1 in the following categories: intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program and any accompanying spouse and/or dependent children, and
  • L-1A, L-1B, and any accompanying spouse and/or dependent children.

This proclamation does not apply to:

  • Those in H-1B, H-2B, J, and L status holders currently inside the United States,
  • Those who already have a valid H-1B, H-2B, J, and/or L visa,
  • Canadian citizens seeking admission to the United States in H-1B, H-2B, J, and/or L categories,
  • Any E-3, O-1, TN status holders and their accompanying dependents,
  • Any student in F-1 status (including those on Post-Completion and STEM OPT) and their accompanying dependents,
  • Any J-1 Exchange Visitor in the following categories: college and university student, student intern, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar,
  • Any lawful permanent resident of the United States,
  • Any person who is the spouse or child of a US citizen,
  • Any person seeking to enter the US to provide temporary labor or services essential to the US food supply chain, and
  • Any person whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Departments of State and Homeland Security

For a detailed summary, review NAFSA’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain H, J, and L Nonimmigrants page.

May 29, 2020 Update

On May 29, 2020, the Trump administration released its Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China. The proclamation went into effect at 12:00 pm on June 1, 2020, and states that it will remain in effect until terminated by the President.

The proclamation, which applies to students at the graduate or post-doctoral levels, suspends entry of Chinese citizens into the United States, on an F or J visa, to study or conduct research in the United States, if they currently receive or in the past received funding from, have been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of an entity in the People’s Republic of China that implements or supports China’s “military-civil fusion strategy.” The proclamation does not automatically cancel existing visas of Chinese F and J nonimmigrants in the United States who would otherwise be covered by this ban.

The proclamation defines military-civil fusion strategy as “actions by or at the behest of the PRC to acquire and divert foreign technologies, specifically critical and emerging technologies, to incorporate into and advance the PRC’s military capabilities.” No official list of institutions has been included in the proclamation, but according to media reports, institutions that are believed to be covered by the proclamation include Northwestern Polytechnical University, Harbin Engineering University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Beihang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

Please note, this proclamation does not apply to:

  • Any F or J undergraduate student;
  • Any graduate student or researcher who does not have current or past funding, employment, study, or research affiliation with “an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s ‘miliary-civil fusion strategy’;”
  • Any lawful permanent resident of the United States or spouse of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.

As we have further information on this proclamation, we will post it to this page. For a detailed summary, review NAFSA’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Chinese Students and Researchers Connected to PRC “Military-Civil Fusion Strategy" guidance page. If you are concerned this proclamation may apply to you, please contact OGS.

April 22, 2020 Update

On April 22, 2020, the Trump administration released the proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the US Labor Market During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

This proclamation does not currently impact students in F-1 and J-1 status. This proclamation also does not currently impact individuals who have already applied for adjustment of status to permanent residence, any other exchange visitor in J-1 status, or H-1B workers.

This Executive Order does, however, affect those who are applying for immigrant visas (permanent residency) outside the United States and delays this process for 60 days. Given the cessation of all but emergency visa processing at US Embassies/Consulates abroad, the impact is negligible and doesn’t impact NYU’s in-country permanent residency process. The order does indicate a review of nonimmigrant programs, such as the H-1B, O-1, E-3, TN in thirty days to “ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers.” As soon as further information is available, we will continue to update on this page.

For a detailed summary, review NAFSA's Coronavirus Proclamation of April 22, 2020 Limits Entry of Certain Immigrants page.

January 31, 2020 Update

Effective February 21, 2020, the Trump administration expanded its travel ban to place visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. See the table below for the specific impact on the countries affected by both this new ban and previous versions of the travel ban.

For further details please also refer to NYU information on students affected by travel ban executive order.

Country Impact
Eritrea
  • No immigrant visas, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US government
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Iran
  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry of Iranian nationals under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although these individuals would likely be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
  • Entry under all other nonimmigrant categories is suspended
Kyrgyzstan
  • No immigrant visas, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US government
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Libya
  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry as B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Myanmar
  • No immigrant visas, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US government
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Nigeria
  • No immigrant visas, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US government
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
North Korea
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a nonimmigrant is suspended for all categories
Sudan
  • No Diversity Immigrant visas
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Syria
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a nonimmigrant is suspended for all categories
Tanzania
  • No Diversity Immigrant visas
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Venezuela
  • Entry is suspended for Venezuelan nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, but only for officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members.
  • Nationals of Venezuela not subject to the above suspension would nevertheless likely be subject to additional scrutiny
Yemen
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 or J-1 students or scholars

September 27, 2017 Update

The White House announced a new travel ban, which effectively replaces the travel ban it had previously announced earlier this year and went into effect on October 18, 2017 (with the restrictions pursuant to court order, below). There is no end period to this new travel ban. The White House indicated that countries will be removed from this list if and when they meet the requirements the White House has indicated they must meet. The countries included in this order include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

This new travel ban has different impacts on citizens of the listed countries depending on which country you may be a citizen of and with which visa category you are entering the US. This updated travel ban restricts both visa issuance and entry to the US for citizens of the following countries as outlined below.

Please note this travel ban does not impact

  • The status of students or scholars who are already here.
  • The eligibility for benefits for students or scholars who are already here, including CPT, OPT, or Academic Training.

In addition, people who already hold a valid US visa are exempt from the travel ban if the visa was also valid as of the effective date of the proclamation on October 18, 2017.

If you are a student or scholar from one of the listed countries and are planning to travel, please consult with the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative and/or an immigration attorney for advice before you leave the US.

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States kept in place the restrictions and limitations included in this order that lower courts had previously blocked. Details on who is restricted for travel to the US, unless otherwise exempt are as follows:

Exemptions and Waivers

US lawful permanent residents, dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-restricted country, foreign nationals who hold a valid US visa or advance parole and those who were physically in the US on October 18 would be exempt.

Those who are not exempt may request a waiver when applying for a visa. For more information on applying for a waiver, please also consult with the Immigrant Defense Initiative.
 

Turkey Visa Processing on a Limited Basis

On October 8, 2017, the US and Turkish governments mutually suspended visa operations at their respective consulates in each country. This is due to a diplomatic issue and is separate from the above travel ban. On November 9, the US consulates in Turkey resumed processing visas on a "very limited basis." For the latest information, please refer to the US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey website.

International Travel for Non-US Citizens or Permanent Residents  

If you are a citizen of one of the listed banned countries, we recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel monitor request form if you decide to travel for any reason. If you do not have a valid visa, we advise you to not travel at this time. If you still intend to travel, please consult with the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative before doing so.

If you have dual citizenship of one of the listed banned countries, we advise that if you travel, plan to enter the US with your documents from the country not included on the list. Please note that you will likely face extra scrutiny. We would also recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel monitor request form

If you are from a country you are concerned may be included on this order in the future, you may want to contact an immigration attorney if you do plan to travel. We would also recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel monitor request form.

If you are an international student from a country that is not on the banned list, you should continue to follow our recommendations on travel. While we have always advised students to follow these recommendations, it is especially prudent now. If you are on post-completion OPT or post-completion Academic Training, please see our Alumni travel page for the list of documents you should carry when reentering the US.

Travel within the US

We advise each person in the US who does not hold US citizenship to carry photocopies of documentation of their valid status and to continue to follow all laws of the United States - criminal and civil.

If you plan to travel within the US outside of the city you live within, we suggest carrying all original identification and travel documents with you.

Visas for Non-US Citizens 

This Order also indicates that all international students and scholars who need a new visa will be required to apply for one in person. There will no longer be any kind of mail-in or drop-off service available to get or renew US visas.

We cannot predict what the wait times to get a new visa will now be, so we advise that you plan ahead as much as possible and check the consulate where you intend to get your visa on current wait times.

For any newly admitted international student who is a citizen of one of the listed banned countries, we can issue an I-20 or DS-2019 if and when you apply for a document from our office. Please contact us if you experience difficulties. If you are also a citizen of a country that is not on the banned list, you should be able to apply for a student visa using that country's passport.

If you are currently in the US at another college or university, you are able to transfer your SEVIS record to us during this time, regardless of your country of citizenship.

Special Information for US Permanent Residents and Travel

Do not sign anything if detained or questioned by immigration officials, especially the form I-407 (for any US Permanent Residents/green card holders in the US). This document is a “Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status.” If you were to sign it, you would no longer be considered a US Permanent Resident nor would you be entitled to any of the benefits that go along with it.

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