Government Actions - Information and Guidance

This page is intended to provide information and guidance on executive orders and presidential proclamations related to immigration. We are closely monitoring reaction to, implementation of, and challenges to these actions.

Entry restrictions based on recent travel

The U.S. Department of State has announced that F-1 and J-1 students and scholars may be eligible for a National Interest Exception to the restrictions under the proclamations listed below. The proclamations are still in effect for many travelers who have been in one of these countries in the last 14 days, but international students and scholars may be eligible to travel to the U.S. if they meet requirements outlined below. 

F-1 Students

Students with valid F-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1  visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

J-1 Students and Scholars

J-1 students and scholars who have a valid J-1 visa should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling if they believe they may qualify for a National Interest Exception. If a National Interest Exception is approved, they may travel on a valid visa but may be limited to a 30 day window for travel.

Additional Details on Presidential Proclamations

These proclamations are still in effect, but international students and scholars should review the information above regarding eligibility for a National Interest Exception to these proclamations.

  • China: January 31, 2020 - Proclamation 9984 of January 31, 2020, published at 85 FR 6709, titled Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non-U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the People's Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”
  • Iran: February 29, 2020 - Proclamation 9992 of February 29, 2020, published at 85 FR 12855. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”
  • European Schengen Area: March 11, 2020 - Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020, published at 85 FR 15045 (March 16, 2020). "The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited.” Note: the European Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
    Proclamation of January 25, 2021: Clarifies that the Schengen Area Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020 "shall remain in effect until terminated by the President". 
  • Ireland and United Kingdom: March 14, 2020 - Proclamation 9996 of March 14, 2020, published at 85 FR 15341 (March 18, 2020). Covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. "The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited.”
    Proclamation of January 25, 2021: Clarifies that the Ireland and United Kingdom Proclamation 9996 of March 14, 2020 "shall remain in effect until terminated by the President". 
  • Brazil: May 24-25, 2020. Proclamation 10041 of May 24, 2020. Also published in the Federal Register at 85 FR 31933 (May 28, 2020). Suspends entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non-U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
    Proclamation of January 25, 2021: Clarifies that the Brazil Proclamations from May 2020 "shall remain in effect until terminated by the President". 
  • India: April 30, 2021. Proclamation of April 30, 2021. Restricts and suspends the entry into the United States, as nonimmigrants, of noncitizens of the United States (“noncitizens”) who were physically present within the Republic of India during the 14‑day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

Entry restrictions for some Chinese citizens

The “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China” was signed on May 29, 2020. This proclamation restricts travel to the United States for certain F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars. The proclamation addresses broad categories which have not yet been clearly defined by the Department of State.

F-1 and J-1 undergraduate students are not impacted by this proclamation. F-1 and J-1 graduate students and J-1 scholars may be impacted if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently "receives funding from or who currently is employed by, studies at, or conducts research at or on behalf of... an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'," or
  • In the past "has been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of... an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'"

This order does not currently impact the status of students and scholars who are currently in the United States. This proclamation does not revoke current visas, but it does indicate that the Secretary of State may consider revoking F-1 and J-1 visas of students and scholars who meet the criteria in the future. Graduate students and scholars who believe they may meet the criteria should carefully consider travel plans and consult with the ISSS as they may not be eligible for a new visa or re-entry to the United States.

Entry restrictions based on country of citizenship

The Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States was signed on January 20, 2021. This proclamation revoked four previous executive orders and proclamations limiting entry by citizens of certain countries. Embassies and consulates have been instructed to resume visa processing for citizens of the impacted countries.


Support from President Harvey Stenger:
 Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger is and always has been fully supportive of Binghamton University’s international students and, at this time, particularly those from countries who have been singled out by the travel ban. The expression of his concern and support has been consistent and strong with a series of statements and documents on public record both locally and nationally:

  • The Jan. 12, 2018 message from President Stenger reiterating support for DACA participants.
  • The Message to the Campus Community on Sept. 5, 2017, strongly endorsing the letter issued by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) calling on Congress to take swift action to protect DACA participants.
  • The Message to the Campus Community on March 7, 2017, regarding the March 6 Executive Order, from President Stenger, Provost Donald Nieman and Executive Vice Provost Krishnswami Srihari, with customized outreach to those who might be more personally affected by the order.
  • The mid-February 2017 rally on our campus.
  • The Binghamton Now radio show on Feb. 10, 2017.
  • The Academics Against Immigration Executive Order petition.
  • The American Council on Education letter of Feb. 3, 2017.
  • The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities list of letters.
  • The Jan. 29, 2017 message to the campus community from President Stenger, Provost Nieman and Executive Vice Provost Srihari, with customized outreach to those who might be more personally affected by the order.
  • The presidents’ letter to president-elect Trump from Bennington College.
  • President Stenger’s op-ed letter in the Press & Sun-Bulletin, our local newspaper, on Dec. 22, discussing the importance of international students to Binghamton University and encouraging citizens of our region to welcome them to our community.
  • The Nov. 30, 2017 Binghamton University Forum at the DoubleTree Hotel.
  • The Nov. 15, 2016 statement from President Stenger and fellow University administrators stressing the University’s continued commitment toward making our campus a safe, inclusive and welcoming community.

Additional on-campus resources.

Information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)