Statement on Executive Orders for UC Departments

Graduate program directors and program coordinators,

A new presidential executive order will go into effect on March 16, 2017, barring further legal challenges. Assuming it is not overturned, students and scholars (and their dependents) from six affected countries will not be able to travel and reenter the U.S. during the 90 day period covered by the order unless they meet specific exemptions. The countries affected are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

UC International will issue visa documents like normal, but will flag all such I-20’s with a message about their ability to apply for the visa, based on information available at the time. Provided the travel ban ends in mid-June, a Fall start will still be possible for the affected students, but any delay in visa processing may mean deferment until Spring semester. Please prepare your admits for this eventuality so they are not surprised.

At a minimum, programs admitting students from the six affected countries for Fall 2017 start should plan to accommodate students who arrive late. We advise programs to consider deferring the affected students’ start term to spring 2018, but the final decision on whether to admit the affected students for Fall lies with the program.

The Graduate School and International Services will continue to offer advice as this situation unfolds. We realize this situation is exhausting and frustrating for everyone, but please remember it is especially disconcerting for our students and applicants.  


Chip Montrose
Vice Provost and Dean
The Graduate School