Federal Relations

June 16, 2020

Statement Regarding Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China

We are writing to share information and next steps regarding the May 29, 2020 proclamation from the Trump Administration. The University of Washington is partnering across and beyond the University to gain clarity around this proclamation and better understand its impact on Chinese students, scholars and faculty. These efforts are led by the UW Offices of Federal RelationsGlobal AffairsGraduate School, and Research.

Overview of the proclamation

  • The proclamation asserts that “students or researchers from the PRC studying or researching beyond the undergraduate level who are or have been associated with the [People’s Liberation Army] PLA are at high risk of being exploited or co-opted by the [People’s Republic of China] PRC authorities.”
  • It forbids the entry of “any national of the PRC seeking to enter the U.S. pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research” who is or has been affiliated with an “entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s ‘military-civil fusion strategy’.”
  • This could mean that UW students or scholars with current or previous affiliation to Chinese institutions identified as high risk by the U.S. Department of State could be denied entry to the U.S. or flagged for additional screening. No information has thus far been provided about which institutions are or will be deemed high risk, or how this determination will be made.
  • It is our understanding that the determination will be made at the consulate/embassy level when an individual applies for a visa, and therefore institutions will not need to consider, review, or attempt to determine who meets the unknown criteria for this category.
  • It is expected that these decisions will impact new visa applications only. However, the proclamation may provide additional discretion to cancel/revoke visas already issued for students in the U.S.
  • NAFSA also has posted information about this new proclamation on their page.

Our commitment to Chinese students and scholars

  • The UW is committed to continuing our mission as a global university and to supporting all members of our community, no matter where they call home.
  • We will continue to admit and welcome Chinese students and scholars, and we will use the resources at our disposal to support our community members in obtaining appropriate and necessary documentation to enter the country and study on our campus.

Next steps

  • We will issue updates to the UW community as more information becomes available.
  • We ask that Chinese students and scholars remain in open communication with us.
  • Please share any official written or email communications received from the U.S. Department of State or Department of Homeland Security relating to this matter with the UW Office of Global Affairs at uwoga@uw.edu AND International Student Services or Office of Academic Personnel. This will allow us to monitor trends and understand the implementation of this proclamation so that we can better assist and advocate on behalf of our community members.


Sarah Castro, Director of Federal Relations

Mary Lidstrom, Vice Provost for Research

Jeff Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Joy Williamson-Lott, Dean of the Graduate School