The following email was sent out to our international students and scholars on March 20, 2020:
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To our International Students and Scholars,
On behalf of the Davis International Center I write to provide you a brief update on some important immigration developments that are relevant to you and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment.
USCIS Office Closures in the U.S.:
USCIS has announced a suspension of most in-person services at local offices in the United States. You can monitor the latest USCIS updates here. At this time, OPT applications and H-1B petitions are not impacted by this action.
Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Consular Posts Abroad:
The U.S. Department of State announced a suspension of routine visa services at all U.S. consular posts worldwide. This action does not invalidate your previously-issued/valid visa. The government has yet to provide a date for resumption of visa processing but we will continue monitoring this development in coordination with other campus partners. At this point in time, the best advice is to wait for more information to be available and stay in touch with your assigned international student/scholar advisor if you are currently applying for a U.S. visa.
COVID-19 Bias Concerns:
Simply put, there is no place in our diverse and inclusive community for discrimination. Princeton University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination, and one where every member can thrive. Acts of bias, discrimination and harassment run counter to our University values and to Princeton’s policies, including our Respect for Others and Non-Discrimination policies, as well as our Statement on Diversity and Community. As we respond to the COVID-19 virus, it is essential that we all be supportive, respectful, and inclusive of the members of our community who are affected by this global issue.
With best wishes,
Davis International Center
Louis A. Simpson International Building