Immigration Updates

International Services provides the information below to keep Clemson's international faculty, scholars, and students aware of upcoming and ongoing immigration related issues that may affect their immigration status, international travel, etc. 

CoVid-19 (Coronavirus) International Travel Spring Break/Summer 2020

The most current information on Clemson University and CoVid-19 (coronavirus) can be found here

For International Services to best assist you, if you are travelling internationally, we highly recommend completing the Travel Information e-form in found on the iStart portal (located under the International Office tab). By completing this form, our office will be aware that you are travelling outside the U.S. and can assist you if it becomes necessary.

Due to the global impact of CoVid-19 (Coronavirus), International Services advises all international students to remain in the U.S. during spring break and summer break. If you choose to travel outside the U.S., you must understand the current and potential future consequences of your travel:

  • If you travel outside the U.S., no matter your destination, you are required to contact Redfern Health Center immediately upon your return to the U.S. Their number is 864-656-2233.
  • If you travel to a country, or transit through a country, that the CDC has designated Watch Level 2 or Level 3 on their website, you are required to check in with Redfern Health Center immediately upon your return to the U.S. AND it is mandated that you self-isolate and do not return to any Clemson campus or property before the required period of 14 days has passed.
  • It is highly possible that the U.S. government could enact travel bans, like the one currently in effect for China and Iran, which could significantly delay your return to Clemson and disrupt your ability to complete your spring courses or begin your fall courses. 
  • The possibility of increased health screenings upon entering/exiting other countries or upon re-entering the U.S.;
  • If applying to renew a visa abroad, delays in visa processing times or U.S. Embassy/Consulate closures due to COVID-19.
  • Possible disruptions in the continuity of your academic program.
  • As we don’t know what the future holds, if you do have plans to, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in case of trip cancellation.
  • Since this is a rapidly evolving situation that could very quickly impact new parts of the world, it is very important that, if you choose to travel, you understand the obstacles that could affect your return to the U.S.

For additional information, visit both the CDC and Clemson CoVid-19 website for more information on this rapidly evolving global situation.

International Services is here to support you, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Resources:

U.S. Department of State China Travel Advisory
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Supplemental Instructions for Inbound Flights from China
World Health Organization - Coronavirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Inside Clemson: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) PreparednessClemson Student Health Services: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Update


  • Updated Travel Ban

    On January 31, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled Proclamation on Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry. The information below addresses this new travel ban, along with the original travel ban, put in place by President Trump. The original travel ban went into effect on December 4, 2017 and imposed restrictions on Iran, Libya, North Koreas, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. A new travel ban is expected to take effect on February 21, 2020 and will impose restrictions on Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania.

    In reading the chart below, it is important to realize that the U.S. government has not suspended issuance of F/J student or H1B temporary employment visas to eleven of the thirteen countries listed below. Citizens from both North Korea and Syria are unable to receive either immigrant or nonimmigrant visas to request entry into the U.S.

    To help understand the information below here are the definitions of immigrant and nonimmigrant:

    • An immigrant is an individual who is seeking admission to the U.S. on a permanent basis through family members, employment, or through the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

    • A nonimmigrant is someone seeking admission to the U.S. on a temporary basis, such as business visitors, tourists, students, exchange students, scholars, and temporary workers (such as H1B).

    For more information on the Travel Ban please visit the links below:


    Affected Countries:

    Eritrea - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants, except “special immigrants” whose eligibility is based on having aided the U.S. government.

     Kyrgyzstan - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants, except “special immigrants” whose eligibility is based on having aided the U.S. government.

     Nigeria - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants, except “special immigrants” whose eligibility is based on having aided the U.S. government.

     Myanmar (Burma) - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants, except “special immigrants” whose eligibility is based on having aided the U.S. government.

     Sudan - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants under the Diversity Lottery Program.

     Tanzania - (02/21/2020)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants under the Diversity Lottery Program.

     Iran - (12/04/2017)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants with valid F/J status.
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants.

     Libya - (12/04/2017)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrant visas (including F/J visa holders) except for B1/B2.
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants and nonimmigrants on B1/B2 visas.

     North Korea - (12/04/2017)

    • Suspended: Immigrants and all visa types.

     Somalia - (12/04/2017)

    • Not Suspended: Non-immigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants.

    Syria - (12/04/2017)

    • Suspended: Immigrants and all visa types.

     Venezuela - (12/04/2017)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrants (including F/J visa holders).
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Nonimmigrants on B1/B2 visas responsible for government agencies involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members.   

     Yemen - (12/04/2017)

    • Not Suspended: Nonimmigrant visas (including F/J visa holders) other than B1/B2.
    • Note: Individuals can be subject to enhanced background screenings which could lead to significant delays and/or visa denials.
    • Suspended: Immigrants and nonimmigrants on B1/B2 visas.

    If you have any questions concerning the travel ban, please contact International Services at is@clemson.edu or visit 108 Long Hall. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

     

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