Updated January 31, 2020

On January 31, 2020, the Trump administration issued its Proclamation on Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry.  With this 4th travel ban, President Trump extends visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Mynamar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.  Nonimmigrant visas for citizens of these countries, including international student visas, are not impacted.  The new ban becomes effective on February 21, 2020.  The third travel ban remains in effect, impacting certain citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. (Reference: Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources)

On June 26, the United States Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s third travel ban.  The ban prevents certain nationals from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela from entering the U.S.  We recommend that students, faculty, and staff from any of the eight countries (except those who have dual-citizenship and are traveling under a passport issued by a country other than one of the eight countries) consult with the college’s immigration attorney before traveling outside of the United States.

On February 15, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s award of a preliminary injunction against the travel ban, so long as the preliminary injunction is consistent with the Supreme Court’s ruling on December 4th.

On  December 4, the United States Supreme Court ordered that President Trump’s third travel ban will go into effect while legal challenges are pending.  The travel ban prevents certain nationals from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela from entering the U.S.  At this time, we recommend that students, faculty, and staff from any of the eight countries (except those who have dual-citizenship and are traveling under a passport issued by a country other than one of the eight countries) consult with the college’s immigration attorney before traveling outside of the United States.


To arrange a consultation with the college’s outside immigration counsel, please contact Hanna Bliss, Director of the Center for International Student Engagement: 413-542-5971 | jbliss@amherst.edu or Tenzin Kunor, Associate Director of Diversity & Leadership: 413-542-5763 | tkunor@amherst.edu

This issue is rapidly evolving, and will require our vigilance and rapid response to ensure that all members of our community are supported and protected.  We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates on this page as well as announcements on the Amherst Daily Message Center.