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The International Student & Scholar Services Staff provides immigration services to students, scholars and professors on F or J visas.

Our office staff coordinates pre-arrival information, current compliance issues and data management.

We are committed to enhancing the experiences of our international community by continuing to provide superior customer service, reporting to the U.S. Federal Government, and providing cultural and educational programming opportunities in order to meet the demands of our global society.

Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order.

The White House has issued a new version of its former executive order that restricts entry to the U.S. for nationals of six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for a 90-day period (Iraq has been removed from the list). This new travel ban will be in effect for 90 days beginning March 16 at 12:01 AM eastern standard time.  Note, that the ban could be extended and additional countries could be subject to restrictions. 

It is important to note that this new travel does NOT include foreign nationals who are U.S. lawful permanent residents (green card holders), holders of a valid U.S. visa, or dual citizens traveling on a valid passport from a non-restricted country, as well as those holding certain types of diplomatic visas and those who have been granted asylum or refugees already admitted to the U.S.

During the 90-day period beginning on March 16th, new visas will not be issued for nationals of the six restricted countries. The State Department indicates that it will continue to process visa applications from nationals of these countries until March 16th. We are expecting lengthy security screening which may result in visas not being issues until the ban takes effect.

A few highlights of the new executive order:

All visa applications must undergo an in-person interview.

If you must travel outside the U.S. and you are a national from one of these countries, please inform the International Office and the Office of Risk Management about your travel plans.

To meet with an advisor, please visit our office during walk-in hours Monday-Thursday: 9 to 11 a.m. & 2 to 4 p.m.

Sincerely,

Claudia Evelyn Sotomayor, Director