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.
On June 26, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold Presidential Proclamation 9645, referred to as the Travel Ban.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Executive Order does not cancel currently valid visas, and does not apply to:
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.