Last updated: May 30, 2020
On May 29, the U.S. president signed a proclamation that suspends the entry of certain F-1 and J-1 graduate students and visiting scholars from China effective June 1, 2020.
At this time, while we believe the scope of impact from this proclamation will be relatively low at IU, there are still many unknowns regarding how this policy will be implemented. Until we are advised otherwise by the U.S. government, we will continue to process immigration documents for all F-1 and J-1 students and visiting scholars from China.
Who is NOT impacted
- All new and continuing undergraduate students
- All legal permanent residents
- A spouse of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
- F-1 or J-1 graduate students or visiting scholars “in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC’s military‑civil fusion strategy”
- The U.S. government has declined to define which fields of study are impacted.
Who is impacted
- New graduate F-1 or J-1 students and visiting scholars who:
- Currently receive funding, are employed by, study at, or conduct research at or on behalf of “an entity in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] that implements or supports the PRC’s ‘military-civil fusion strategy’”
- Have previously been employed at, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of “an entity in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] that implements or supports the PRC’s ‘military-civil fusion strategy’”
- The U.S. Secretary of State shall determine if current F-1 or J-1 graduate students and visiting scholars who are in the United States and have a valid visa meet the criteria regarding involvement in “military-fusion strategy” and determine whether their visa should be revoked.
The proclamation defines “military-civil fusion strategy” as “actions by or at the behest of the PRC to acquire and divert foreign technologies, specifically critical and emerging technologies, to incorporate into and advance the PRC’s military capabilities.”
We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. We stand with our students and scholars from China who are here to learn from and share their knowledge with IU. We welcome students and visiting scholars regardless of background or citizenship, knowing that we are better together.
Effective May 12, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will reduce consular services. It will cease to process non-immigrant visas (like F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor) for non-diplomatic travel. This means you will not be able to apply for a student visa in Russia.
We do not know how long this will last, but we are concerned about the impact it is having on students and scholars from Russia. We are working in collaboration with a number of higher education associations, and our government relations officials, in an effort to encourage the resumption of non-immigrant visa processing as soon as possible.
Students and scholars may be able to seek visa appointments as third country nationals in other locations. You would need to determine eligibility and processes for this with an Embassy or Consulate.
Last updated: June 4, 2021
The U.S. has implemented some entry restrictions due to COVID-19. If you have been in a country subject to travel restrictions in the 14 days prior to seeking entry to the U.S., you will not be able to enter (except for immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, including parents or siblings of minor U.S.-citizen children).
Students and scholars may qualify for a National Interest Exception
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) indicated that students and some scholars may qualify for a National Interest Exception to the Presidential Proclamations that suspended entry for individuals that had been in the listed countries.
If you have questions about whether you are eligible for a National Interest Exception, you need to contact the U.S. consulate or embassy in the affected countries. We are unable to determine if a student or scholar will be eligible for a National Interest Exception.
Students with a valid F-1 visa traveling to begin or continue an academic program do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before their program start date. Students who have been in Brazil, China, India, Iran, or South Africa may qualify for NIE only if their programs begin on or after August 1, 2021 (which includes all fall 2021 new students).
Students seeking to apply for a new F-1 visa should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate. Only visa applicants who would otherwise qualify for an F-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.
Scholars applying for a J-1, H-1B, TN, E-3, or O-1 visa
Scholars applying for a J-1 visa may qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE). If you are applying for a visa type such as H-1B, TN, E-3, or O-1, you may also qualify for an NIE if you provide “vital support of critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of State or critical infrastructure linked supply chain,” have need of humanitarian travel, will aid in the public health response, or the travel is in the interest of national security.
List of countries subject to travel restrictions
Read our COVID-19 guidance
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City