• Gutmann Statement
    • Gutmann Statement

Read the full text of President Amy Gutmann's message to the Penn community regarding immigration here and an update regarding the March 2017 Executive Order here.

US Embassy Halts Visa Services in Turkey

Effective immediately, non-immigrant visa services in the US embassy in Turkey has been suspended. Individuals who would have normally applied for a US visa from a US Consulate in Turkey should consider other alternative arrangements. If you have any questions or need more information, please come to ISSS for advising appointments or during walk-in hours. Please visit this site for additional updates.

For the Penn community travelling to Turkey who have questions about obtaining a Turkish visa, please contact the  or visit the website.


Notice on U.S. Immigration Policy Changes

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS TRAVEL BAN 3.0 TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED WHILE CHALLENGES ARE ON-GOING

On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order permitting the administration to fully implement the latest version of the President's travel ban policy in its entirety. Lower court rulings had exempted from the travel restrictions foreigners with "bona fide" family, business or educational ties to the United States, but the justices issued a stay that allows enforcement of restrictions on travel from eight countries pending a further review by the courts. The current travel ban affects citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The ban also affects certain Venezuelan government officials and most North Koreans.


What This Means: Non-immigrants from the designated countries who are in the United States should refrain from travel and consult immigration counsel regarding their options. (Source: Goldblum and Pollins Law Firm)


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On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Trump Administration announced new travel restrictions, suspending entry into the United States or adding additional scrutiny or limitations in the processing of visas for citizens from eight countries:

Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. 

Unlike the previous Executive Orders, this proclamation has no expiration date.


Relevant information for the Penn community:

  • Effective October 18, 2017, foreign nationals from the designated countries in the affected visa categories will be barred from entering the US even if they can establish a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US (such as acceptance to Penn, or an offer letter from Penn). 
  • Foreign nationals from the designated countries that already have a visa valid beyond October 18 will still be able to present their visa and seek entry. They can expect increased scrutiny. 
  • The new travel ban does not apply to US Lawful Permanent Residents and dual nationals of the affected countries, as long they enter the US using a passport issued by a non-banned country. 
  • Individuals from the affected countries should prepare to apply for their visas as far in advance as possible, as they will face delays in visa issuance whether covered by the ban or not.
  • Travel to the US for individuals from the designated countries (who do not fit into any of the exceptions) may be affected and face enhanced scrutiny.
  • Individuals who meet either of the following conditions are exempt from this entry ban:
    • Are inside the United States as of the applicable effective date; or
    • Have a valid US visa on the applicable effective date

Country Specific Information

Chad: 

  • Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas
  • Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas (i.e., F-1, J-1, H-1B, O-1) is not suspended

Iran:

  • Entry of Iranian nationals under F and J visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
  • Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas (B-1/B-2, H-1B, O-1)  is suspended

Libya: 

  • Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas
  • Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas (i.e., F-1, J-1, H-1B, O-1) is not suspended

North Korea:

  • Entry is suspended for all visa categories

Somalia:

  • Nonimmigrant entry is not barred but nonimmigrant visa applications will be subject to additional visa scrutiny

Syria:

  • Entry is suspended for all visa categories

Venezuela: 

  • Entry is suspended for certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members 

Yemen:

  • Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas
  • Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas (i.e., F-1, J-1, H-1B, O-1) is not suspended

Iraq:

  • Entry is not barred but visa applications will be subject to additional visa scrutiny

Sudan is no longer included on the list of affected countries. 


Legal consultations available:

ISSS will host free legal consultations for travel related inquiries, stemming from the recent proclamation only, with our retained law firm on October 3, 2017, at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Space is limited. To schedule a consultation, please register here: https://www.ipenn.oip.upenn.edu/isssevent/?audience=legalconsult



Additional Resources

International Student and Scholar Services: +1.215.898.4661, email:

Penn Human Resources: +1.215-898-7281 

Division of Public Safety: +1.215-573-3333

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): +1.215-898-7021 (nights and weekends, ask for CAPS counselor on call) 

Student Intervention Services: +1.215-898-6081 

University Chaplain: +1.215-898-8456

Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs: +1.215.573.4332, email: