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KU Statement on September 24 Presidential Proclamation

Yesterday (September 24th), President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation indefinitely limiting travel to the United States for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. This is a replacement to a central portion of the travel ban signed earlier this year. While not on the list, citizens of Iraq will be subjected to increased screening. Sudan has been removed from the previous list of affected countries. The new travel restrictions will take effect on October 18. Between September 24th and October 18th the previous travel restrictions remain in place.

The proclamation is here.

The restrictions will not apply to current visa holders, meaning students and scholars from the affected countries who are already in the United States, for as long as their existing visas remain valid. People whose visas expire will be subject to the travel ban upon exit from the United States. The new rules do not apply to legal permanent residents, dual nationals traveling on a passport issued by a country other than those listed, refugees already admitted to the United States or someone granted asylum. The proclamation allows for case-by-case waivers in certain circumstances, but will not be granted categorically.

The restrictions vary by country and “restrictions are conditional and may be lifted as [the affected governments] work with the United States government to ensure the safety of Americans." 

Country

Nonimmigrant Visas (people who enter the U.S. on a temporary basis)

Immigrant and Diversity Visas

Chad

No B-1 (business), B-2 (tourism) or B-1/B-2 (dual purpose) visas

No immigrant or diversity visas

Iran

No nonimmigrant visas except F and M student visas, and all J visas (student and scholar categories)

No immigrant or diversity visas

Libya

No B-1 (business), B-2 (tourism) or B-1/B-2 (dual purpose) visas

No immigrant or diversity visas

North Korea

No nonimmigrant visas

No immigrant or diversity visas

Syria

No nonimmigrant visas

No immigrant or diversity visas

Venezuela

No B-1 (business), B-2 (tourism) or B-1/B-2 (dual purpose) visas of any kind for government officials and their immediate family members

No restrictions

Yemen

No B-1 (business), B-2 (tourism) or B-1/B-2 (dual purpose) visas

No immigrant or diversity visas

Somalia

Somalian citizens will be subjected to additional scrutiny.

No immigrant or diversity visas

Iraq

Iraqi citizens will be subjected to additional scrutiny.

Unaffected

The Supreme Court was to hear arguments regarding the previous travel ban later this month, but this afternoon the Court canceled hearings and asked lawyers for the case to submit briefs by October 5th on the effect of President Trump’s new proclamation.

It remains to be seen how U.S. embassies and ports of entry will interpret and apply this rule.  If you have any specific questions that you would like answered please contact International Programs. Regular updates on the proclamation will be posted to the International Programs website, as well as links to reliable and verified source information and guidance.

We share your concern about the impact these policies and practices have on our community, our doors are always open, and we are here to support you and our international community members. Please let us know immediately if you or any of your students, employees, or visiting scholars are adversely affected by this proclamation. We will work to help resolve issues, and use the information to ensure we are appropriately informing others.

As a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of Kansas shares the sentiments expressed in a statement released today by AAU President Mary Sue Coleman. As a participant in the extraordinary flow of international talent, drawn here by academic opportunity and American values, KU has been able to remain at the forefront of those institutions engaged in transforming the world through discovery, innovation and education.  A commitment to protecting our country can and must include steps to ensure we remain the top destination for global talent. 


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