Published: Sept. 25, 2017

To our international students and scholars from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen:

Presidential Proclamation Establishing New Travel Restrictions

As you are most likely aware, yesterday evening, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation instituting new entry restrictions for foreign nationals (citizens) of the following countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for details about these new restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do the new entry restrictions require an international student and scholar from one of the designated countries to leave the U.S.?

A. No.  The new restrictions do not require anyone from one of the designated countries to depart the U.S.   The restrictions do not affect the immigration status for those who are already present in the United States.  The U.S. government will not ask them to leave the country as long as they maintain their current immigration status.


Q. If a student or scholar is from one of the eight designated countries, does the new presidential proclamation and entry restrictions cancel (revoke) his/her valid visa stamp in the passport?

A. No. The new proclamation does not cancel or in any manner affect the validity of a current U.S. visa.


Q. Do the new entry restrictions apply to someone who is a dual citizen of one of the eight named countries and another country?

A. The new entry restrictions do not apply to an individual who is a dual citizen if s/he presents a passport from a non-designated country (i.e. not one of the eight named countries) when entering the U.S. The U.S. visa stamp must be in the passport from a non-designated country.


Q. How does the new presidential proclamation affect foreign nationals (citizens) from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen who are (or will be) international students or scholars at the University of Colorado Boulder and wish to enter the U.S.?

A. As of October 18, 2017, foreign nationals of these eight countries, who are not “green card” holders (U.S. lawful permanent residents), will be subject to restrictions (in some cases suspension) affecting U.S. visa issuance and entry into the U.S.  The prohibitions depend upon the country.  Below is a list of the types of restrictions and the foreign nationals impacted by country:

Iran – Suspension of Entry into the U.S. as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Except for on Student (F-1 or M-1) Visas or Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visas. Entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from Iran as either nonimmigrant temporary visas or immigrants is suspended except that individuals on valid student (F-1 or M-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visas will be allowed entry but will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements prior to being issued a visa.

North Korea & Syria - Total Suspension of Entry into the U.S. Entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from North Korea and Syria as either nonimmigrants on temporary visas or immigrants is suspended.  (Immigrants are individuals applying to enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa that allows them to become a lawful permanent resident/”green card” holder upon being admitted entry to the U.S.)

Chad, Libya, & Yemen - Suspension of Entry into the U.S. as Immigrants & Nonimmigrants on Business (B-1), Tourist (B-2), & Business/Tourist (B-1/B-2) Visas. Entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from Chad, Libya, & Yemen as either nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas or immigrants is suspended. Entry of nonimmigrants on other visa types does not change with the new entry restrictions.

Somalia – Suspension of Entry into the U.S. as Immigrants & Additional Scrutiny for Nonimmigrants. Entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from Somalia as immigrants is suspended. Additional scrutiny will be applied to all nonimmigrant visa and entry applications.

Venezuela – Suspension of Entry into the U.S. by Officials of Certain Government Agencies and Their Immediate Family Members as Nonimmigrants on Business (B-1), Tourist (B-2), & Business/Tourist (B-1/B-2) Visas & Additional Measures. Entry into the U.S. of officials of certain Venezuelan government agencies and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas is suspended.  Also, the proclamation states that “appropriate additional measures” will be applied to other visa holders but does not specify what these “additional measures” will be.


Q. Do the new entry restrictions apply to foreign nationals of Iraq?

A. The new entry restrictions do not apply to individuals from Iraq.  However, the presidential proclamation does state that foreign nationals from Iraq will be “subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks to the national security or public safety of the United States.”  The proclamation does not provide details as to how this additional scrutiny will be applied.


Q: When do the new entry restrictions become effective?

A: For foreign nationals that have a relationship with the University of Colorado Boulder (for example as a student, faculty member, visiting scholar, researcher, etc.), the effective date of the new entry restrictions is October 18, 2017.


Q. Can an international student or scholar from one of the eight designated countries who currently has a valid visa leave the U.S. and reenter?

A. If the visa is valid on October 18, 2017, the effective date of the presidential proclamation’s restrictions, then the international student or scholar may use the valid visa to reenter the U.S.  However, given the rapid nature of changes in U.S. entry and travel restrictions in the last year, foreign nationals from one of the designated countries should exercise caution when travelling outside of the U.S.


Q. Is there a waiver process under the new presidential proclamation for someone from one of the eight designated countries whom the entry restrictions affects to apply for a visa on or after October 18, 2017 at the U.S. consulate if there are special circumstances?

A. Under the new presidential proclamation, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection can grant waivers on a case-by-case basis and therefore issue a visa and allow entry to a foreign national which otherwise would be prohibited under the new entry restrictions.  However, this decision is up to the discretion of the officer at the U.S. consulate so it may be risky to depart the U.S. as the U.S. Department of State officer may decide not to grant a waiver and visa.


Q. What steps is the university able to take to assist current international students and scholars from the eight designated countries who may be unable to depart the U.S. or fear doing so because of the new entry restrictions?

A. For students, the Graduate School or the Office of Undergraduate Education will be reaching out to potentially impacted individuals directly to see how the university can assist.  For scholars, the Office of Faculty Affairs or the Research and Innovation Office will be contacting potentially impacted individuals directly to determine their unique needs and collaborate with them to alleviate the effects of the new entry restrictions.


Q. Can International Student & Scholar Services share who may be specifically impacted by this executive order and any future ones?

A. International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) can provide information generally to the entire community about which groups of students are affected. Please note that in order to protect the privacy of our international students and scholars, we do not provide the exact numbers of individuals from specific, designated countries impacted by executive orders or other immigration policies.  ISSS provides individualized advising and information to international students and scholars who may be affected. With any changes in immigration policies or rules that may affect international students and scholars visa status, ISSS sends email messages directly to those impacted and posts the information on their website as well.


Q. Are there resources available online if I want to read more about the new entry restrictions?

A. On the White House website in the Presidential Actions section, you can find the text of the presidential proclamation as well as a related FAQ. The U.S. Department of State website also has information on the new visa and entry restrictions.


Q. What resources are available to international students and scholars if they are feeling stress and/or anxiety?

A. Students can utilize on-campus counseling services to talk through feelings of anxiety, loneliness, stress, or just to have someone supportive to whom they can talk.  Students can participate in an International Student Tea Talk to share experiences with other international students. Scholars can also reach out to the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program to set up a time to chat with a trained counselor. Students and scholars can also reach out to the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) for information, consultation, and support.


Q. What if an international student or scholar feels hurt or discriminated against?

A. The University of Colorado is fully committed to protecting any student or employee from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, or religion. To report an incident and seek assistance, the university has resources available to you.


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

We want you to feel supported, safe, and comfortable during your time at CU Boulder and in the U.S. Please know that if you need to talk or have any questions, our doors, ears, and hearts are always open. The ISSS office is located in the Center for Community, Room S355 (3rd floor). We offer drop-in advising hours Monday through Friday between 10AM and 3PM. You can also email us at isss@colorado.edu anytime.

ISSS want you to know you can always talk to us or use the other resources on campus if you have questions, want to talk to someone, share your concerns, etc. We are glad that you have chosen to be a part of the CU Boulder community! We are here to support you so please reach out to us if you need anything.