9/15/2017 New Executive Order on Travel Ban – Statement from the University System of Georgia
The University System of Georgia greatly values the contributions of our international students, faculty and staff. International education, research and collaboration enrich our academic culture, benefiting students, faculty and staff throughout our 28 institutions across our University System. It is important that we continue to remain in close communication as new information and direction becomes available about policy changes impacting international travel and visa holders.
On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation which immediately extends the travel restrictions that were originally enacted in March, 2017 for citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and creates new restrictions for citizens from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, effective October 18, 2017. The restrictions, which vary according to country, can be reviewed here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/24/fact-sheet-proclamation-enhancing-vetting-capabilities-and-processes . Additionally, the Department of State has provided an alert regarding the proclamation as well as FAQs prepared by Department of Homeland Security at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/important-announcement.html .
Citizens of the eight affected countries that were inside the U.S. and already issued a visa OR were a U.S. permanent resident as of September 24, 2017 are not impacted and their visas and green cards remain valid. We encourage students, faculty or staff from the affected countries to closely read the proclamation as it applies to their country of citizenship and reach out to their campus office of international education should they have questions.
As both phases of the order are implemented, the USG Office of International Education will coordinate closely with the international education offices across the system and share new information and guidance as it becomes available.
Dr. Steve Wrigley
Chancellor, University System of Georgia