This page collects updates on U.S. Governemnent policy changes regarding travel and visas. 

For the near future, Berkeley International Office recommends minimizing international travel due to the changing nature of the new administration's policies on visas and U.S. entry. Should you have concerns about immediate or essential international travel or visa renewal, contact BIO to consult an advisor. 

Also refer to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Travel Advisory.

See Department of Homeland Security's Q&A Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, which addresses traveler questions specific to the rule. Individuals who may be affected by this Executive Order may visit the CBP INFO Center website for additional information. On the webpage, travelers may also request additional guidance by clicking on the ‘Email us your Question' button.

 

March 18 - Increased Scrutiny for Visa Applicants

The U.S. Department of State recently issued cables to all diplomatic and consular posts providing instructions for increased scrutiny for visa applicants. 

Included in this population are individuals who may have been present in an ISIS controlled territory including Iraq.  Individuals may face additional questions, and social media review. Individuals subject to these security clearances can expect extremely long visa processing times ranging from 2-6 months or more. 

Additionally, the cables instructs all consular posts to limit the number of visa interviews per day to 120, which is expected to create backlogs for all applicants.

See the March 17 DOS cable 25814 for more details. This cable supersedes Cable 24324, which contains provisions regarding applicants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.