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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.

Travel Ban 3.0 in Effect

July 9, 2018

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0). Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect, and limits entry to the United States by certain citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. An eighth country, Chad, was removed from this list effective April 10, 2018. The Travel Ban 3.0 restrictions on the remaining seven countries are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Travel Ban 3.0 on June 26, 2018.

Entry into United States with valid visa

CountryImmigrantNon-Immigrant (B-1, B-2)Other Non-Immigrant
IranSuspendedSuspendedAdmissible (F, J, M only)
All others suspended
North KoreaSuspendedSuspendedSuspended
VenezuelaSuspendedNo gov't officials
or immediate families

NOTE: All visa holders who are admissible are still subject to additional scrutiny and/or enhanced screening requirements. See Sections 3 and 6 of proclamation for exceptions and waivers.


United States Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban 3.0

June 29, 2018

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban, which is primarily focused on Muslim countries. This New York Times article provides more information.

At Washington State University, we have and will continue to welcome people of all faiths from all over the world. The blending of the diverse perspectives represented by our community enriches all of us. It improves our ability to teach, conduct research, and serve our communities worldwide in meaningful ways. We wish to underscore that even though the travel ban is in place, it still allows for certain nonimmigrant visas from most of the listed countries.

In particular, F and J visas, which are the visas issued for most students and scholars, are allowed for five of the seven countries on the list: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen. The ban prohibits all nonimmigrant visas for North Korea and Syria.

More details are available through the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consulate Affairs.

For more information about coming to WSU and visas please contact WSU’s Student and Scholar Advising Department: or 509-335-4508.

Everyone is welcome here! Find answers to frequently asked questions.

For previous statements from WSU regarding the travel ban, please see below.

Washington State University understands the 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 any and all resources available to you.

Campus Support Services

Office of International Programs

Central resource for global education, research, and service for WSU

International Programs International Student and Scholar 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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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, WSU’s recommendation is you do not leave the country.

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. International students and scholars continue to apply for eligible immigration benefits.

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


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.

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.

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