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Travel Ban & Travel Restriction Updates


Trump Administration Announces Expansion of Travel Ban


In a January 31, 2020, Presidential Proclamation, the Trump administration expanded its travel ban to place visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries. 


What You Need to Know:

  • The six countries added to the existing travel ban are: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
  • The expanded ban becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on February 21, 2020.
  • The ban contains restrictions on immigrants but not on nonimmigrants, so it will not impact acquisition of nonimmigrant visas like F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, H-1B worker, etc., or of admission to the United States in those categories.


Responding to the Coronavirus Situation, United States Restricts Travel From China 


What You Need to Know: 

The Washington Post released a video of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar announcing a ban on foreign nationals traveling from China and quarantines for U.S. citizens coming from China. The restrictions will go into effect at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, February 2.

  • "Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States for this time," per a presidential proclamation under INA 212(f), signed by President Trump on January 31. 
  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei province in the 14 days prior to their entry to the United States will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they have been provided proper medical care and health screening
  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been anywhere else in mainland China in the 14 days prior to their entry to the United States will undergo "proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry," and up to 14 days of "monitored self-quarantine" to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.

Context: On January 30, the World Health Organization declared that the spread of the virus is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Earlier today, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 “do not travel” advisory for China 

Protect Yourself Against Scams


The U.S. Department of State has seen increased housing and rental scams in which international students and exchange visitors transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord, scamming the victims out of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Other reported scams involve phone calls from alleged government representatives demanding personal information and money with threats of deportation from the U.S. If you receive any communications from the government, please use the below resources to help determine if they are legitmate.







To learn more about the types of incidents that are reportable to the Department, please see this video

Message from Thomas LeBlanc
The GW president responds to the Trump Administration's travel ban

06/28/2018; reposted from GW Today

To the George Washington community:

This week, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s travel ban. In March, the university joined 30 other universities in filing an amicus brief challenging the executive order on travel and immigration, affirming the importance of international students, faculty and staff at institutions of higher learning.

​The George Washington University welcomes students, faculty, staff, alumni and families from around the world and of all faiths and backgrounds. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment and a free exchange of ideas. We stand ready to assist our community members who are affected by this development. The International Services Office will provide any assistance that it can and will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

Affected individuals who travel outside of the United States for the foreseeable future may be at risk. The ban could be enforced against citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who have a valid visa should be permitted to enter the United States, but they may face increased scrutiny and it is possible affected individuals will not be re-admitted to the United States. External immigration counsel is available to provide pro bono legal advice.

For questions or concerns, please contact the International Services Office at [email protected].

Thomas J. LeBlanc

In a January 31, 

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