March 6, 2017
The University System of Georgia greatly values the contributions of our international students, faculty and staff. International education, research and collaboration enrich our academic culture, benefitting students, faculty and staff throughout our 28 institutions across our University System. It is important that we continue to remain in close communication as new information and direction becomes available about policy changes impacting international travel and visa holders.
The new Executive Order issued today places travel and immigration limits for the following six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, according to the terms of the Executive Order, linked here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states it is to be applied to nationals of these six nations who do not hold visas as of the effective date of the order, March 16, 2017. Those who hold current visas, including our students and faculty using visas to study and teach here, are not impacted and their visas remain valid under the new order.
As this order is implemented in the coming months, individual questions may arise with our students, faculty and staff. Our System Office will continue to coordinate closely with your international education offices, who together stand ready to assist any members of our campus communities seeking information. We continue to encourage University System students, staff or faculty members with any questions to contact their international education office on their respective campus.
Thank you for your support and for continuing to encourage your staff to remain in close communication as new information and guidance become available.
Dr. Steve Wrigley
Recent regulatory and policy changes impacting international travel and visa holders will likely result in questions among our students, faculty and staff. Specifically, the President recently issued an Executive Order that limits nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days, and places additional restrictions on individuals seeking entry pursuant to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The U.S. Department of State has issued the following notice at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html regarding the President’s Executive Order, and we will continue to closely monitor for any additional updates and guidance from federal officials.
As you know, the safety and well being of our campus communities is our university system's top priority, and it is important that we remain in close communication as new information and direction from the State Department becomes available in the coming days.
Our System Office will coordinate closely with your international education offices, which will continue to serve as the primary point of contact for your campus communities. Please advise your international students, staff, and faculty to consult with your international education office for any individual guidance, as they would with travel- or study-abroad related concerns and questions.
Tammy Rosner, Director of International Education, will continue to be the System Office's point of contact for any questions your international education offices may have through the spring semester. Ms. Rosner can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 470-218-1744.
Meanwhile, we will continue to assess the impact on our students, staff, and/or faculty, and to provide you with updated information and assistance.
Chancellor, University System of Georgia