May 29, 2020 Presidential Proclamation regarding certain students and researchers from China

On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of certain nonimmigrants from the People’s Republic of China seeking to enter the United States in order to study or conduct research.

It states that the entry into the United States will be suspended for F and J visa holders who are pursuing graduate studies or doing research and who are receiving funding or are employed by any entity that supports the PRC’s “military-civil fusion strategy”. In other words, any entity that attempts to acquire and divert foreign technologies, which would be considered specifically critical and emerging technologies to advance the PRC’s military capabilities.

We understand you may have many questions about the recent Presidential Proclamation. We want you to know that the OISS is also concerned and we are working carefully with colleagues and legal counsel to understand how this proclamation will affect our international students and scholars. The details of how this proclamation will be implemented have not been released.

What is important and should be noted is that revocation of a visa is not the same as revocation of status. Therefore, for those students and scholars who are currently in the U.S., this Proclamation should not affect them if they do not leave the U.S or are not ordered to leave as it only applies to those seeking to enter the U.S. Also, this Proclamation does not pertain to undergraduate students.

We regret that we don’t have a clearer explanation of the proclamation’s impact but please know that we will be emailing you when we are able to obtain more information.

Click here to read the full text of the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China.