International Visitor Update: June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

The June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation suspending entry of aliens who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak DOES NOT affect our exchange visitors in J-1 nonimmigrant status sponsored by Iowa State University (current or future). The Proclamation also DOES NOT impact students in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status (current or future).

The Proclamation became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020.  It suspends entry to the U.S. through December 31, 2020 for individuals who wish to enter the U.S. in H-1B or H-4 status and may be “continued as necessary.”  It affects individuals who were outside the U.S. on June 24, 2020; who did not have a nonimmigrant U.S. visas in their passport that was valid on June 24, 2020; and who do not have an official travel document other than a visa (for example, advance parole based on a pending application for U.S. lawful permanent residence). 

It is the understanding our of International Students and Scholars Office that the U.S. consular officials and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents will determine who meets these criteria.  No additional guidance has been provided at this time.