Office of Global Affairs

Information and resources for UW community members

June 26, 2018

The UW Office of Global Affairs is closely monitoring current events related to immigration and visa services. On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling which upholds the third version of President Trump’s “travel ban” (Proclamation 9645).

The provisions of the “travel ban” are in full effect. It imposes restrictions on the issuance of visas to, and travel to the U.S. by, citizens of Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea. It also states that nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the U.S. will be subject to additional scrutiny. Additional information is available here.

This order makes some allowances for the issuance of visas for students and researchers from some of the listed countries. However, travelers from all of the listed countries will likely encounter enhanced screening and vetting by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when entering the U.S.

We encourage visa holders from affected countries to plan ahead carefully if traveling outside the U.S., as 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.

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.

More information and resources

Students

with immigration documents issued by the UW
Connect with International Student Services (ISS)

Scholars, faculty, employees and VISIT/VISER student interns

with immigration documents issued by the UW
Connect with Academic HR

Additional notices

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.