Important Immigration News and Information

January 29, 2017


The George Washington University's leadership and, particularly, its International Services Office, are aware of the Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017.

The university values and is concerned about all members of the GW community.  The International Services Office and others are working to understand how this Executive Order will affect students, faculty, staff, and their families.  The International Services Office will provide any assistance that we can to those in our community who are affected by this development, and will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

Section 3 of the Executive Order suspends "entry into the United States" of both immigrants and nonimmigrants who hold passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days (and possibly longer), starting January 27, 2017. The affected individuals include dual citizens and US permanent residents, as well as refugees, from these listed countries.  The list of affected countries may be expanded in the future. The Executive Order excludes those traveling on diplomatic visas (A visas), NATO visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 visas; they may, for the time being, continue to return to the United States without restriction. 

As a result of this Executive Order, we are warning affected individuals that travel outside of the United States for the foreseeable future is risky because it is likely that you will not be re-admitted to the United States. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy Doug Shaw ([email protected]) or Director of International Services Jennifer Donaghue ([email protected]

Support for Students Impacted by Violence Around the World

Mental Health Services at the Colonial Health Center (MHS @ CHC) offers support to those that have been emotionally affected by acts of violence in Beirut, Paris, and around the world.

Because MHS @ CHC values diversity and strives to promote social justice for all people, we have staff members representing various racial and ethnic backgrounds available to speak with students. In addition to general walk-in hours M-F 10:00am-3:00pm on the Foggy Bottom campus, we offer walk-in hours for International Students on Fridays from 9:00am - 12:00pm. MHS @ CHC also offers Let's Talk/Hablemos (informal consultation hours at the MSSC) every Friday afternoon from 2:00-3:00pm (see Let's Talk/Hablemos).

International Student Support Group Established

Many international students face some special challenges due to cross-cultural adjustment. Some experience homesickness, loneliness, academic distress, language difficulties, different levels of social and academic success than what they are use to, and even discrimination. 

If you are an international student at GW who is experiencing any of these issues or other experiences, consider visiting the University Counseling Center Student Group at the Marvin Center Room 402 on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45pm. You can get more information on this group by visiting the UCC's Current Group website.