June 22, 2020, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order that bars entry to the U.S. for persons in the following immigration statuses:
- H-1B and their H-4 dependents
- J-1 categories of Intern, Trainee, Teacher, Camp counselor, Au pair, or Summer work travel program and their J-2 dependents
- L-1 and their L-2 dependents
This Executive Order does not affect those in the J-1 categories Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, Professor, Student and Specialist, which are the categories we sponsor at UTHSC.
It also does not affect changes to or extensions of H-1B status for people who are currently in the U.S.
For those currently outside the U.S. waiting to enter in a new H-1B status, there are a few exemptions that might allow entry to the U.S. for people who are:
- critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States;
- involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized;
- involved with the provision of medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19; or
- necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States
The bottom line is that this Executive Order will not affect the majority of those sponsored for a visa at UTHSC.
We want to express our appreciation for all that our international students, faculty and staff do for UTHSC! Please do not hesitate to contact International Affairs with any questions you may have: email@example.com.