Latest Immigration Policy Announcement

This information is intended to promote awareness among our international students and scholars who may be affected by the recent changes in U.S. immigration policy. We value our international students and scholars’ contribution to our campus and would like to use this update as a way to invite and encourage international students and scholars with concerns to come and talk to us.

Updates as of November 7, 2017: Immigration Policy, Travel Alert, and Visa Processing

  • November 7, 2017: The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing non-immigrant visas on a limited basis.  Please visit the webiste of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey for more information.
  • October 26, 2017: Implementation of Enhanced Security Standards for Flights Destined to the United States: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began to require airlines worldwide to meet the enhanced security standards (published on June 28, 2017) for flights with destination to the United States.  This implementation will most likely add time to the flight check-in and security screening.  With the holiday season approaching, we highly recommend our students and scholars to check in with their airline prior to the trip to understand the process and if the recommended pre-flight check-in time has changed.
  • October 8, 2017: The United State and Turkey suspend nonimmigrant visa services. Key points:
    • Suspension is indefinite but is not a visa or travel ban on Turkish citizens.
    • Suspension is for the new visa applications within Turkey.
    • It does not prevent Turkish citizens to apply for a visa at another U.S. embassy/consulate outside of Turkey.
    • Turkish citizens with valid visas will continue to be allowed to travel to the United States.
    • Official announcement from the U.S. Ambassador in Turkey: https://tr.usembassy.gov/ambassador-john-bass-statement-suspension-visa-services-turkey/
  • September 24, 2017: Presidential Proclamation (an update from the initial travel ban issued in January 2017) has placed placed another uncertainty to citizens from the following eight countries:  *Additional detail information can be found at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet and the U.S. Department of State Travel Alert
    1. Chad:
      • Suspension on the entry to the U.S.: immigrant and B-1/ B-2 visa for business or leisure purpose.
      • Other type of nonimmigrant visas, such as F-1, are not suspended
    2. Iran:
      • Suspension on the entry to the U.S.: immigrant visa and other types of nonimmigrant visas EXCEPT the following nonimmigrant visas: F, M, and J (however, additional vetting and screening will be required.)
    3. Libya:
      • Suspension on the entry to the U.S.: immigrant and B-1/ B-2 visa for business or leisure purpose.
      • Other type of nonimmigrant visas, such as F-1, are not suspended
    4. North Korea:
      • Suspension of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas
    5. Syria:
      • Suspension of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas
    6. Venezuela:
      • Suspension only limited to officials of government agencies of Venezuela who wish to apply for nonimmigrant visas specifically B1 and/or B-2.
    7. Yemen:
      • Suspension on the entry to the U.S.: immigrant and B-1/ B-2 visa for business or leisure purpose.
      • Other type of nonimmigrant visas, such as F-1, are not suspended
    8. Somalia:
      • Suspension on the entry to the U.S.: immigrant visas.
      • “Visa adjudications for nationals of Somalia and decisions regarding their entry as nonimmigrants should be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if applicants are connected to terrorist organizations or otherwise pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States.”
  • September 1, 2017: Nonimmigrant visa processing timeline in Russia has resumed but at a reduced scale.  For more information, please visit the following website:  https://ru.usembassy.gov/visas/