Office of Global Affairs

Information and resources for UW community members

The UW Office of Global Affairs is closely monitoring current events related to immigration and visa services and their impact on UW community members and our partners.

January 31, 2020

Effective February 22, 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.

More information and resources


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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