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  • Washington Highlights

    Proclamation Spares Temporary Visas Used By Academic Medicine


    Matthew Shick, Sr. Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs

    President Donald Trump issued a Jan. 31 proclamation restricting entry to the United States for individuals from six countries, but this does not impact those seeking nonimmigrant visas commonly used by academic medicine.

    The order, “Proclamation on Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry,” bars entry to the United States for individuals from Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania, who seek to enter the United States permanently. The proclamation does not include restrictions on visas for students, J-1 exchange visitors, H-1B specialty occupations, individuals attending conferences, or other nonimmigrant purposes.

    It builds on past executive actions restricting entry to the United States [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 2, 2017]. The AAMC has updated its Frequently Asked Questions: Executive Actions Restricting Entry to the United States to reflect the Jan. 31 proclamation.