New Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Certain Chinese Students and Researchers

Saturday, May 30, 2020
by Albert Rivera

President Trump signed a proclamation on May 29, 2020, prohibiting Chinese nationals from using F or J nonimmigrant visas to enter the United States to engage in graduate study or research if they have been associated with entities that support the Chinese government’s military-civil fusion (MCF) strategy. The proclamation takes effect on June 1, 2020. The Davis International Center is monitoring the situation closely and will post updates as they become available. At this time there is no way for us to determine which individuals are subject to the proclamation until the government provides more detail. 

The Davis International Center remains committed to standing with and supporting our international faculty, students, researchers, and staff. Princeton University believes talent, from every source and background, is the lifeblood of innovation. As an institution of teaching and research, we depend on our ability to attract motivated students and scholars from throughout society and around the world. We will continue to advocate for policies that permit and facilitate the free flow of talent -- talent of the kind that fortified America in the past and that will be essential to its future.

The proclamation provides exemptions. Among the most relevant are : 

  • The proclamation does not apply to Chinese nationals entering to engage in undergraduate study
  • The proclamation does not apply to Chinese nationals studying or engaging in research in fields that do not contribute to the MCF strategy, as determined by the U.S. government
  • The proclamation does not apply to U.S. permanent residents (i.e., a Green Card holders)
  • The proclamation does not apply to the spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • The proclamation does not apply if entry is in the national interest, as determined by the U.S. government
  • The proclamation does not apply if entry would further important U.S. law enforcement objectives

The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security are expected to provide further detail on how the proclamation will be applied and to more clearly define who is subject to the suspension of entry. 

Source: Fragomen Client Alert, 5/29/2020