International Students

Information from UB's International Student Services:

On Friday, January 31, 2020 an Executive Order was issued by the U.S. President, expanding on existing travel bans already in place for Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. 

This new order relates to visa issuance from the following additional countries: Myanmar (Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.  This proclamation will take effect on February 22, 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.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide additional details and information as it becomes available. You have our full support. More information on the travel ban 3.0 & 4.0 can be found on the NAFSA website.

Presidential Proclamation 9645; Countries Specifically Impacted

On June 26, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold Presidential Proclamation 9645, referred to as the Travel Ban.


  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry of Iranian nationals "under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements."
  • Entry under all other nonimmigrant categories is suspended


  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry as B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars

North Korea

  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry is suspended for all nonimmigrant visa categories


  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry is suspended for all nonimmigrant visa categories


  • Entry is suspended for Venezuelan nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, but only for officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures - including the Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service of 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 - and their immediate family members.
  • Nationals of Venezuela not subject to the above suspension should nevertheless "be subject to appropriate additional measures to ensure traveler information remains current."


  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 or J-1 students or scholars


  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Visas for nonimmigrants are subject to additional scrutiny

Iraq is not listed as one of the countries, but the Proclamation states that DHS recommended "that nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks to the national security or public safety of the United States."

Further information regarding exceptions, exemptions and waivers of the travel ban can be found here.

International Travel for International Students

If you are a citizen of one of the listed banned countries, we advise you to not travel at this time. If you still intend to travel, please consult with an international student advisor before departure.

If you have dual citizenship of one of the listed banned countries, we advise that if you travel, plan to enter the US with your documents from the country not included on the list. Please note that you will likely face extra scrutiny.

If you are an international student from a country that is not on the banned list, you should continue to follow our recommendations on travel. While we have always advised students to follow these recommendations, it is especially prudent now.

Travel within the US

We advise each person in the US who does not hold US citizenship to carry photocopies of documentation of their valid status and to continue to follow all laws of the United States - criminal and civil.

If you plan to travel within the US outside of the city you live within, we suggest carrying all original identification and travel documents with you.

Visas for Non-US Citizens

This proclamation also indicates that all international students and scholars who need a new visa will be required to apply for one in person. There will no longer be any kind of mail-in or drop-off service available to get or renew US visas.

We cannot predict what the wait times to get a new visa will now be, so we advise that you plan ahead as much as possible and check the consulate where you intend to get your visa on current wait times.

Who is NOT directly affected by Presidential Proclamation 9645?

The Executive Order does not cancel currently valid visas, and does not apply to:

  • U.S. Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
  • People admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (September 24, 2017);
  • People with a document other than a visa that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of the Proclamation;
  • Dual-nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
  • Foreign nationals traveling on a diplomatic visa, NATO visas, C-2/U.N. visas, or G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visas;
  • People who have been granted asylum by the U.S.;
  • Refugees already admitted to the U.S.; or
  • Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention against Torture.

This decision does not allow for an exception for “Bona Fide Relationships” (for example, close family ties such as a parent, spouse, child, sister, brother, or fiancé(e))

In addition, student status and eligibility for benefits of students who are already here is not directly affected.