To our international students and scholars from Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania:
Presidential Proclamation Establishing New Travel Restrictions
President Trump issued a presidential proclamation on January 31, 2020 instituting new immigrant visa restrictions for foreign nationals (citizens) of the following countries seeking permanent residency (“green card” status) in the United States: Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for details about these new restrictions. Please note that FAQ’s are based on the currently available information in and related to the proclamation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do the new immigrant visa 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 restrictions only impact individuals seeking immigrant visas to enter and live permanently in the U.S. 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 six designated countries, does the new presidential proclamation and immigrant visa restrictions cancel (revoke) his/her valid non-immigrant 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. How does the new presidential proclamation affect foreign nationals (citizens) from Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania who are (or will be) international students or scholars at the University of Colorado Boulder and wish to enter the U.S.?
A. The presidential proclamation does not affect foreign nationals of these six countries who are entering the U.S. on non-immigrant visas (such as, but not limited to, F-1 student visas, J-1 Exchange Visitor visas, or H-1B visas). The proclamation only impacts foreign nationals from these six countries who wish to enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa to immigrate permanently to the U.S. and/or participate in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program depending on the country of citizenship.
Q: When does the new presidential proclamation become effective?
A: The effective date of the presidential proclamation is February 22, 2020.
Q. Can an international student or scholar from one of the six designated countries who currently has a valid visa leave the U.S. and reenter?
A. Yes. The restrictions only impact individuals seeking immigrant visas to enter and live permanently in the U.S. or participate in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program depending on the country of citizenship.
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. 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 the ISSS website.
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 News section under “Presidential Actions,” the text of the presidential proclamation is posted.
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 to have someone supportive to whom they can talk. Scholars can also reach out to the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program to set up a time to speak with a counselor.
Q. What if an international student or scholar feels hurt or discriminated against?
A. The University of Colorado Boulder 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.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
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