Office of Global Affairs

Recent proclamations and their impact

Message from UW leadership

June 25, 2020

The University of Washington is very concerned about the May 29 and June 22, 2020 proclamations from the Trump Administration. We are partnering across and beyond the UW to gain clarity around these proclamations and better understand their impact on our students, scholars and faculty. These efforts are led by the UW Offices of Federal Relations, Global Affairs, Graduate School, and Research.

Overview of recent proclamations

June 22, 2020

  • This is an extension of Proclamation 10014 from April 2020.
  • It is our understanding that this proclamation will not impact new entries/visas of F and J visa students enrolling in degree programs.
  • We do not expect that it will impact J visa researchers, professors, short term scholars, physicians or specialists.
  • The proclamation prohibits entry by trainees and interns. It could impact students, scholars and researchers planning to enter the U.S. with a J visa to participate in research or internships without enrolling in a degree program.
  • It also affects new visa applicants coming from abroad in an H visa category (employment). This could impact UW employees.
  • No entry from abroad on an immigrant visa will be permitted through the end of 2020. This suspension should not affect applications for U.S. permanent residence (also called “adjustments of status”) inside the U.S.
  • Even students and employees who are technically unaffected by this proclamation may still experience difficulty returning to the U.S. due to the ongoing suspension of visa processing at U.S. consulates abroad and/or various country- and region-specific travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Full text of the proclamation
  • Additional summary from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

May 29, 2020

  • 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 as part of their application for an F or J visa.
  • 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.
  • Additional summary from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Our commitment to the UW community

  • 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 international 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 update the UW community as more information becomes available. 
  • International students and scholars should 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.

Respectively,

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


Additional notices and information

February 22, 2020

The Trump administration has added additional countries to the “travel ban” (Proclamation 9645) enacted in 2017. The six new countries affected include: Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan. The total number of countries on the restricted travel list now stands at 13.

June 26, 2018

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.