Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

June 27, 2018

The Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Travel Ban -- In a June 26th decision, the US Supreme Court upheld the most recent version of the “Travel Ban” imposed in September 2017, and modified in 2018 to include nationals of seven countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen). The full history of the travel ban and subsequent court actions can be seen on the International Students Office “Major Immigration Updates” and International Scholars Office “Communications About the Travel Ban” websites. The travel ban restrictions are described below.

  • Iran: No nonimmigrant visas, except F and M student visas and J exchange visitor visas (though those individuals will be subject to enhanced screening/vetting requirements); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Libya: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery) visas.
  • North Korea: No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Somalia: Nonimmigrant visa applications subject to heightened scrutiny/review; No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Syria: No nonimmigrant, immigrant, or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Venezuela: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2) for officials of designated Venezuelan government agencies and their family members. Other visa holders are subject to verification of traveler information. No restrictions on immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.
  • Yemen: No U.S. visitor visas (B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2); No immigrant or Diversity Lottery visas.

To view the September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation 9645 that implemented the most recent version of the Travel Ban for which the Supreme Court ruling is based, click here.  (NOTE: Nationals of Chad were removed from the travel restrictions imposed by P.P. 9645 on April 10, 2018). 

Please note that the Supreme Court decision is on the Travel Ban (travel restrictions) only, and does NOT make any changes/limitations on other benefits available to international students -- such as F-1 Curricular Practical Training, F-1 Optional Practical Training/STEM OPT Extension, or J-1 Academic Training. 

Individuals subject to travel restrictions are advised to consult with the MIT International Students Office (international students) or MIT International Scholars Office (international scholars, postdocs, and faculty), for guidance before planning any travel abroad.