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Standing with Our International Family Members

Washington State University welcomes and supports all members of the community—regardless of the country they call home.

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Office of International Programs

Central resource for global education, research and service for WSU

International Programs Global Services

Information for international students, staff, scholars, and departments regarding immigration and general resources

International Programs International Center

Provides peer and community resources

Multicultural Student Services
Seeks to facilitate the best undergraduate experience for multicultural, first generation, and other underrepresented students through the provision of culturally relevant services to enhance their learning and development and foster their successful transition, adjustment, persistence, achievement, and graduation

Counseling and Psychological Services
Seeks to promote the intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of WSU students

The AWARE Network
Allows you to share concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological well-being, physical health, or academic performance with colleagues who can help

Police Department and Campus Safety
Prevents and responds to violence and other campus emergencies as well as a full range of law enforcement services on WSU property and to the University community; In case of emergency, call 911

WSU Government Relations
Engages constituents at the regional, state, and federal level to implement the University’s strategic plan in public policy and external relations

WSU Statements

December 11, 2017

December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the U.S. government’s motion for emergency stays of the preliminary injunctions on the travel bans issued by President Trump; the injunctions were issued by lower courts. The high court’s decision allows for the travel bans to go into effect. For information on the status of the travel bans following the U.S. Supreme Court’s December 4, 2017 decision, and how the travel bans for the listed countries apply to the various visa types, please consult the guidance provided by the United States Department of State.

September 28, 2017

President Trump issued a proclamation entitled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public Safety Threats,” September 24, 2017. This proclamation sets out new travel restrictions, essentially replacing the earlier travel bans issued by President Trump. The new travel ban identifies eight countries that present a potential security threat: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Consequently, the proclamation imposes certain travel restrictions on nationals of those eight countries. The restrictions vary by country and are summarized in the chart below. In addition, the proclamation states that Iraq’s citizens will be subject to additional screening measures, but not any outright ban.

CountryEntry of ImmigrantsEntry of NonimmigrantsEffective Date
ChadSuspendedBusiness (B-1),
Tourist (B-2), and
Business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas suspended
Oct. 18, 2017
IranSuspendedAll suspended except Student (F and M) and Exchange visitor (J) visas, which are not suspended

But subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements
Oct. 18, 2017
LibyaSuspendedBusiness (B-1),
Tourist (B-2), and
Business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas suspended
Oct. 18, 2017
North KoreaSuspendedSuspendedOct. 18, 2017
SyriaSuspendedSuspendedOct. 18, 2017
VenezuelaBusiness (B-1),
Tourist (B-2), and
Business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas suspended

But only for officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures (including Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service Identification, Migration and Immigration; the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps; the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service; and the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations)
Oct. 18, 2017
YemenSuspendedBusiness (B-1),
Tourist (B-2), and
Business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas suspended.
Oct. 18, 2017
SomaliaSuspendedAll visa adjudications subject to additional scrutiny to determine if applicants are connected to terrorist organizations or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety of the U.S.Oct. 18, 2017

Effective Date
The most recent iteration of the previous travel ban remains in effect until October 18, 2017 for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who have a bona fide relationship with a U.S. person or entity. Students with an acceptance letter have a bona fide relationship. Persons with a bona fide relationship are exempt from that ban. The new travel ban takes effect for everyone subject to the ban, including persons with a bona fide relationship, October 18, 2017.

The new travel ban applies to everyone from the listed countries who would be seeking the identified banned status, unless they fall within a specific exemption or are granted a waiver. Of note for students and scholars, the new ban primarily applies to immigrants and nonimmigrant visa types other than F and J, which are the primary visas for students and scholars. Be aware that even if a ban does not apply to your visa type, you may be subject to additional scrutiny. Further, the restrictions are subject to change, and additional countries may be added. The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs posts additional information.

Washington State University understands the new restrictions may have impact on WSU students, faculty, and staff, both direct and indirect, that could affect your education and research, as well as your family and personal life. WSU encourages you to use the any and all resources available to you.

February 9, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As the courts continue to deliberate the federal executive order that affects the ability of some members of our international community to travel to and from the United States, we remain focused on ensuring the welfare, safety, and security of our international students, staff, and faculty.

Please see the International Programs website for the most recent information and a set of FAQs that address many of the specific concerns resulting from the executive order. We will continue to monitor developments and update our website with helpful information and relevant resources available to the community.

In addition, the Office of International Programs is providing information and advice on an ongoing basis to University departments and WSU students and scholars. IP staff have also facilitated an open session to discuss the current situation and to reassure members of our international community of our continuing support.

As President Schulz said in his message to the WSU community on January 30, Washington State University welcomes and supports all members of the community—regardless of the country they call home.

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs

February 3, 2017

In response to the recent executive order on immigration, the Office of International Programs has received several inquiries from campus departments about whether or not to continue to process immigration benefits, such as initiating new J-1/H-1B/TN scholar applications, extension of status, etc.

There is no information in the executive order to suggest that a “hold” has been placed on the government’s adjudication of benefits. Until the Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, it is recommended schools, students, and scholars continue to apply for benefits and comply with all filing deadlines and eligibility windows as per standard process. The Office of International Programs will continue to work with you to process benefits within its authority to do so.

January 30, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Washington State University shares the deep concerns expressed nationwide about the federal executive order that restricts the ability of individuals from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

Let us be absolutely clear: We welcome and support all members of the Washington State community—regardless of the country they call home. We remain unflinchingly committed to respecting the dignity of each individual—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, gender identity or expression, religion, or sexual orientation. We will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive community, embrace civil discourse, and strive to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all.

For decades, Washington State University has invited and welcomed faculty, staff, and students from around the globe to study, teach, and conduct research here. We are proud of that legacy. The blending of the diverse perspectives represented by our community members enriches all of us. Put simply, it improves our ability to teach, conduct research, and serve our communities worldwide in meaningful ways.

More broadly, Washington State is dedicated to providing all students with equal access to affordable higher education and to supporting their career and life goals. That unqualified support extends to our undocumented students as well, as authorized by the state.

We are carefully monitoring developments to better understand how the executive order issued Friday will impact our community. For the short term, we are advising non-U.S. citizens and their families from the impacted countries to refrain from traveling outside the United States.

Additionally, all of the University’s resources are being made available to our international students at this challenging time. Our International Programs Global Services staff (Bryan Hall 108/509-335-4508), in particular, is prepared to listen to concerns, provide assistance, share the latest information, and refer you to other resources if the need arises.

Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs


October 17, 2017

Judge Temporarily Halts New Version of Trump’s Travel Ban

Read the New York Times article written by Vivian Yee.

September 22, 2017

Trump’s Travel Ban to Be Replaced by Restrictions Tailored to Certain Countries

Read the New York Times article written by Michael D. Shear and Ron Nixon.

June 26, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case

Read the New York Times article written by Adam Liptak.

May 25, 2017

Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

Read the New York Times article written by Adam Liptak.

March 16, 2017

State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh vs. Donald J. Trump, et al.

U.S. District Court granting motion for temporary restraining order

March 15, 2017

Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

Read the New York Times written by Alexander Burns.

March 6, 2017

President Trump Signs New Travel Ban

Read the Associated Press article written by Alicia A. Caldwell and Jill Colvin.

February 9, 2017

Federal Appeals Court Maintains Suspension of President Trump’s Immigration Order

Read the Washington Post article written by Matt Zapotosky.

The ruling on the appeal of Judge James L. Robart’s decision is available to the public.

February 5, 2017

Universities Spoke Up in Case That Led to Ruling Halting Trump’s Travel Ban

Read The Chronicle of Higher Education article written by Goldie Blumenstyk.

February 3, 2017

Judge in Seattle Halts Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide

Read Seattle Times article written by Jim Brunner, Jessica Lee, and David Gutman.

January 31, 2017

Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources

NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to and implementation of the order, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the effect of the June 2017 Supreme Court decision on the executive order?

The June Supreme Court decision allows the travel ban imposed by the executive order to go into effect as written, with one significant exception. Individuals who are able to make a credible showing that they have an existing “bona fide” relationship with a U.S. person or entity are not subject to the ban, pending further review of the executive order by the Court.

The Court’s decision indicates that the types of relationships with U.S. individuals or entities that may qualify under this exception include:

  • A close familial relationship with someone living in the United States
  • A formal documented employment relationship with a U.S. employer
  • An established relationship between an admitted or enrolled student or an invited lecturer and a U.S. college or university

This means that the travel ban does not apply to persons with an established relationship as a student or invited lecturer at WSU. Official governmental guidance states that the ban does not apply to persons with F or J or business or employment-based immigrant visas, which includes H visas. To qualify under the exception in the Court’s decision, the relationship cannot be one that is entered into for the purpose of evading the travel ban.

Where can I find more information on the status of the executive order, implementation of the order, and related legal challenges?

There are many sources of information regarding the travel ban. We recommend you seek information from credible and direct sources. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides extensive information about the executive order and related legal challenges.

The United State Department of State provides official announcements and updates.

What is in the executive order that went into effect March 16, 2017 compared to executive order issued January 27, 2017?

  • The executive order issued January 27, 2017 was revoked and replaced with the executive order as of March 16, 2017.
  • Iraq was removed from the original list of seven countries named; the current list is Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • No immigrant or non-immigrant visa issued before March 16, 2017 will be revoked by this order.

May I go home or travel outside the United States for summer break?

If you are a citizen from one of the countries listed in the executive order effective March 16, 2017, WSU’s recommendation is you do not leave the country. These countries are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

How will the Executive Order impact my travel within the United States?

WSU recommends you carry your valid passport and valid visa in addition to a copy of your I-20 (current F-1 students), DS-2019 (current J-1 students/scholars) or H-1B approval notice (current H-1B employees) with you during travel. If you have an emergency from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, please call 509-335-4508. Outside of those hours, please call 509-335-8548.

How will the Executive Order affect my pending OPT?

Currently, there is no official notice from any federal government agency that immigration benefit adjudications have been suspended in connection with the executive order. NAFSA advises international students and scholars continue to apply for eligible immigration benefits as per standard process.

May I still apply for CPT, OPT, change of status, or any other eligible immigration benefit?


How does the executive order affect my current status?

No immigrant or non-immigrant visas issued before March 16, 2017 will be revoked by this order.

Will the Executive Order put a hold on the processing of my immigration benefits?

There is nothing in the executive order to suggest a “hold” has been placed on the government’s processing of benefits. Unless the WSU Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, we will continue to assist in the processing of WSU appropriate immigration benefits.

How do I locate an immigration attorney?

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are reputable sources for the names of immigration attorneys. Please note that these are public resources. WSU does not endorse any specific private attorneys through these agencies.

Will my immigration status be impacted if I participate in a protest activity?

No. WSU is strongly committed to the principles of free expression including civic engagement and public demonstration. All University approved public events must meet safety and security standards. If a demonstration occurring on or off campus results in your arrest, however, seek advice from a reputable immigration attorney. If you have any questions about the risks to your immigration status of participating in legal public demonstrations, please consult with a reputable immigration attorney.

What are the campus resources for an impacted international student, scholar, or employee?

Bryan Hall, room 108 (international students), Bryan Hall, room 109 (international scholars and employees), International Center in CUB L46 or Counseling and Psychological Services in Washington Building, room 302. Additional resources may be available. Please contact the Office of International Programs Global Services Department at 509-335-4508 for further information.

Page last updated September 29, 2017