Important Message


Important Message from the Office of Global Affairs and International Student Services

September 24, 2017:

President Trump issued a Proclamation restricting entry to the U.S. for the nationals of eight countries. The restrictions are country-specific. The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia. To learn more details, please visit a page by NAFSA, Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order

June 26, 2017:

The U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban, but included an exception for those “who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." This relationship is defined as one that “must be formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course.” Several specific examples were listed, including students who have been admitted to schools in the U.S., workers who have accepted an employment offer, and lecturers. Therefore, most students and scholars should be exempt from the 90-day ban, including those from the six countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). Those who cannot prove this type of relationship may be barred from travel 72-hours from the ruling (i.e., June 29, 2017).

We can hope that most students and scholars from the six countries, therefore, will likely continue to be exempt from the 90-day ban. It seems that refugees will be the ones most affected. We will continue to post information as it becomes available.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court formally lifted the injunction on the government study that could lead to a ban from countries that do not comply with visa or immigration guidelines. The U.S. Supreme Court will review the case again in October 2017. For more information, please visit NAFSA’s Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates page.

June 12, 2017:

The appeals court upheld the district court’s preliminary injunction, which will now continue to block the travel ban nationwide. However, it ruled that the Department of Homeland Security may review the visa processes for all countries to ensure compliance with all visa screening guidelines.  If any country is not complying, there may be a travel ban initiated by the President. The case may be reviewed by the Supreme Court. For more information, please visit NAFSA’s Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates page.

May 25, 2017:

The appeals court upheld the district court's preliminary injunction, which will now continue to block the travel ban nationwide while the litigation proceeds at the discrit court level in Maryland. To learn more visit NAFSA's Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates page

March 16, 2017:

According to the NAFSA Travel Advisory Page, "the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order".

U.S. Embassies and Consulates are continuing to issue U.S. visas to citizens of the 6 affacted countries. Read the statement from the U.S. State Department regarding Exectuive Order on Visas.

March 15, 2017:

According to the NAFSA Travel Advisory Page, "the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017."


A new executive order was signed by the U.S. President on March 6, 2017. This new order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 and includes a revised entry ban on nationals from 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). Iraq was removed from this list.  All permanent residents, including those from these 6 countries, are not affected by this entry ban.  

In addition, individuals holding valid visas on the effective date of March 16, 2017, or on January 27, 2017 prior to the issuance of the Executive Order, may still travel to the US. 

Starting on March 16, this new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety.  Between now and March 16, 2017, the status of the prior Executive Order 13769 should continue to control. 

To read a summary of this change, please visit the NAFSA Travel Advisory.   The Department of Homeland Security has also published a thorough Question & Answer Resource. Questions 24 and 25 specifically address international students and exchange visitors in F and J status.

UW Seattle’s Office of Global Affairs encourages all to plan ahead carefully if engaging in international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection may hold you for additional screening upon your return. It is essential that you bring appropriate documentation, and you should adjust your plans to allow extra transit time.  If you are planning travel, please review the University’s international travel planning resources

We wish to highlight UW President Cauce’s recent message that “The University of Washington will continue to do everything in its power to support all members of our community. We are proud to be home to students, faculty and staff from around the world, and we believe strongly in the world as a global community, in the benefits of cultural exchange and the opportunity to learn from people with different backgrounds. Those values are core to our identity and will not change.” 

We stand with you at this time and invite all in our UW Tacoma community to join the weekly UWTea Time (Wednesdays 3:30-4:15, GWP Atrium).  If you have any concerns about this new executive order, please reach out to the Office of Global Affairs (Akane Yamaguchi, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, ayamagu@uw.edu).


Tacoma and Tri Campus Resources:

Off-Campus Resources: 


March 6, 2017:

A new executive order was signed by the U.S. President today. This is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017.  It states that no previously issued non-immigrant visas will be revoked under this order.To read a summary, please visit the NAFSA's Travel Advisory Page.  The Department of Homeland Security has published a thorough Question & Answer Resource. Questions 24 and 25 specifically address international students in F and J status.

February 17, 2017

UW School of Law hosted "UW Community Immigration Workshop". One of the panelist was Ms. Machelle Allman, Assistant Director of International Student Services and International Student Advisor at UW Seattle campus. Ms. Allman talked about how her office has responded to the recent executive orders and questions she recieved from her students. Access the recrording here.  

February 9, 2017:

the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransicso denied the Federal government's emergency motion regarding the District Court's Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). This leaves in place the District Court's TRO, which continues to prevent the government from enforcing the 90-day ban on entry of "immigrants and nonimmigrants" from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and the 120-day suspension of admission of refugees to the United States. In the meantime, the District Court proceedings will continue. via NAFSA's Travel Advisory Page

February 6, 2017:

Read UW's President Ana Mari Cause's statement, "Standing Together". President Cause wrote,  "No matter who you are, where you’re from, whom you love, where or whether you worship, or any other aspect of your identity, we welcome your contributions to helping the University of Washington maintain its commitment to access and excellence, to building a better and more equitable future, and creating a world of good. I am deeply aware of — and share — the concerns that recent events have raised for our community about the safety, security and freedom of many, especially, but not exclusively, our international students, whether on visas or green cards; undocumented students; immigrants; Muslims; and LGBTQ people. We are committed to and working on providing support to those individuals who are directly affected by any changes in national policy as well as to our broader community. You are not alone and we value the richness of perspectives and the expertise you bring"

We cannot agree more! International Student Advisors are available for appointment. To schedule an appointment, please visit this page.  Please don't hesitate to use us as a resource. 

February 3, 2017: 

the U.S. District Court in Seattle granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) that temporarily prohibits the Federal government from enforcing the 90-day ban on entry of "immigrants and nonimmigrants" from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The TRO also prohibits enforcement of the Executive Order, which established the 120-day suspension of admission of refugees to the United States. via NAFSA's Travel Advisory Page

February 1, 2017: 

If someone not from the seven countries listed in the Executive Orders has had trouble entering the country, they can contact the ACLU of Washington at travel@aclu-wa.org

January 31, 2017: 

Travel recommendations: 

U.S. permanent residents:

The Department of Homeland Security confirms that U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) from nations affected by the executive order will be allowed to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad. However, these individuals are very likely to be held for additional screening by U.S. Customs upon return. These individuals may proceed with planned international travel.

All other immigration document types:

Individuals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with all other immigration documents are encouraged to avoid international travel until further notice.

January 30, 2017: 

Message of Support from UW Tacoma Chancellor (PDF) January 30, 2017

January 29, 2017: (see also UW Seattle)

On January 27, a Presidential Executive Order was signed banning individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. Although further information about the executive orders and the possible impact they may have is limited, we have notified UW Tacoma international students from these seven countries that we recommend they avoid any international travel. We are unaware of citizens from any other countries being impacted by this ban.  

UW President Ana Mari Cauce has posted a statement supporting international scholars and students. At UW Tacoma we are proud of our community of students, staff, and scholars from around the world. Along with President Cauce and campus leadership, we are “committed to providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.”

International students are an important part of the UW Tacoma community. The ISS advising team is committed to providing assistance and support to our international student community. ISS Front Desk is open from Mondays- Fridays 10AM-4PM. Advisors are available by appointments. To schedule an appointment, please visit our website at: www.tacoma.uw.edu/iss or contact Akane Yamaguchi at ayamagu@uw.edu.  Below are additional resources you may find helpful. 

International Scholars Operations (resources for visiting faculty and academic personnel across all three UW campuses; please contact Alison Hendricks alison5@uw.edu, Director of Academic Human Resources for those at UW Tacoma, or Akane Yamaguchi ayamagu@uw.edu, Assistant Director of International Student Services for international students at UW Tacoma, with specific questions.)