Guidance Regarding Travel, Immigration and Visas

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This page serves as a resource to capture the changing regulatory policies for visa holders in the United States, as well as to document the public response from the academic community. It will be updated as additional guidance and information is available.

March 6, 2017

  • On Monday, March 6, 2017 a new executive order related to immigration travel visas was signed. Specific information to F and J students and scholars will be posted on the OIE website as it becomes available.
  • On Tuesday, March 7, President G.P. “Bud” Peterson released a statement in response to the newest executive order.
  • Georgia Tech provides an Employee Assistance Program to all benefits-eligible staff and faculty (and their families) for consultation on a range of topics, including legal advice. Additional support may be obtained via Georgia Tech's Global Human Resources.
  • Students with questions are encouraged to direct them to info@oie.gatech.edu. The Division of Student Life also offers a number of services to aid students in need.

February 1, 2017


January 29, 2017

To Georgia Tech's F and J visa students and scholars:

Recent regulatory and policy changes impacting immigration have resulted in questions among our international students and scholars, as well as among others holding U.S. visas. As valued members of our community, Georgia Tech wants to reaffirm our commitment to keep you informed of changes that may impact you.    

On Friday, January 27, 2017, an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” was issued. As a result of this executive order, we do not recommend travel outside the U.S. for anyone who holds a passport as a national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen [a reference to INA 217(a)(12)]. This includes those who hold dual citizenship. 

We will continue to actively evaluate the changes to determine their impact on our students and/or scholars, and to provide you with updated information and assistance. 

Yves Berthelot
Vice Provost, International Initiatives
Georgia Tech