Office of Global Affairs

Information and resources for UW community members

December 8, 2017

The University of Washington Office of Global Affairs is closely monitoring current events related to immigration and visa services.

On December 4th the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing the third version of the President Trump’s “travel ban” (Proclamation 9645) to take full effect while challenges to the constitutionality of the ban work their way through the lower courts.

This means that, effective December 8th, there is no longer a blanket exception to the applicability of the ban for citizens of the eight listed countries — Chad, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea — who have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. (By its terms, the current ban has certain exceptions which are still applicable, including for lawful permanent residents, persons with valid visas as of the effective date, dual citizens who are traveling on passports of a non-banned country, and persons who have already been granted asylum).

Additional information is available here: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/12/276376.htm

This will impact the UW community as we engage in study, research and other University activities abroad. However, we remain dedicated to our mission as a global university and to all members of our community, no matter where they call home. President Cauce is committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of our community.

Government of Turkey Suspension of Visas to U.S. Citizens on October 8, 2017

The governments of Turkey and the U.S. have temporarily suspended non-immigrant visa services for citizens of either country. These suspensions will likely be temporary, and those who already hold visas for Turkey or the U.S. should not be affected.

U.S. citizens planning travel to Turkey and Turkish citizens planning travel to the U.S. who do not already hold valid visas may need to adjust their plans. We encourage you to contact the closest Embassy or Consulate of Turkey.

The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey emphasized in a recent statement that the suspension “is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.” If you would like to apply for a visa to enter the U.S., you may do so at an Embassy or Consulate outside of Turkey.

Presidential Proclamation of September 24, 2017

UPDATE: On October 17, a federal district judge entered a Temporary Restraining Order blocking the immediate implementation of the September 24 Presidential Proclamation. On October 18, a judge in Maryland entered a similar order. Under these court orders, the restrictions described below cannot be implemented at this time, but the situation remains fluid. The court orders could be lifted or vacated at any time. Please check this site for updates.

This Presidential Proclamation imposes certain restrictions on the issuance of visas to, and travel to the U.S. by, persons from eight listed countries — Chad, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea. The order also states that nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States will be subject to additional scrutiny.  This order is distinct from the now expired 2017 “travel bans” in that it makes some allowances for the issuance of student visas for students from some of the listed countries.  However, researchers and other UW affiliates from those countries may be barred from entering the U.S. Further, travelers from all of the listed countries will likely encounter enhanced screening and vetting by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

We encourage visa holders from affected countries to plan ahead carefully if engaging in international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection may hold you for additional screening and/or deny re-entry upon your return. It is essential that you bring appropriate documentation, and you should adjust your plans to allow extra transit time.

More information and resources

Students

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Connect with International Student Services (ISS)

Scholars, faculty, employees and VISIT/VISER student interns

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Connect with Academic HR