Office of Global Engagement

Presidential Proclamation Regarding Entry of Some Chinese Graduate Students and Visiting Scholars

June 3, 2020

On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China, which may prohibit certain nationals from the People’s Republic of China seeking entry in F or J visa status to pursue graduate study or research at Brown University.  It is important to note that details on the implementation of the proclamation have not yet emerged. Nonetheless, we are closely monitoring this situation and will post updates to the community on this website as they become available. 

The proclamation, which became effective June 1, 2020 and is expected to remain in effect until terminated by the President, suspends entry if an individual is connected to an entity that “implements or supports” the government of China’s “military-civil fusion (MCF) strategy.”  An individual is considered to have a connection to such an entity if they have been funded by, employed by, studied or researched at, or on behalf of the entity.   Under the proclamation, the Departments of State and Homeland Security will determine which entities are covered, and we will provide more information once the government has identified the entities.

  • Currently, the proclamation does NOT apply to individuals inside the U.S. pursuing study or research in F or J status; However, the proclamation directs the Secretary of State to review and determine if current visa holders subject to the proclamation conditions should have their visas revoked.

  • The proclamation does NOT apply to F and J visa holders  entering to engage in graduate study or research in fields that DO NOT  contribute to the MCF strategy. Specific fields are not listed in
    the proclamation.

  • The proclamation does NOT apply to a student seeking to pursue undergraduate study.

  • The proclamation does NOT apply to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), the spouse of a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident, and other special categories as listed in the proclamation.

You can read the proclamation here. An analysis of the proclamation by NAFSA (NAFSA: Association of International Educators) can be found at this link.

This proclamation is of significant concern to the University administration. Brown remains committed to supporting international students, scholars and faculty, and values the impact that global education has on the Brown community. We will continue to advocate for policies that are aligned with those values. We are working closely with peer institutions, higher education associations, and other partners to understand the exact impact of this proclamation. In the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Global Brown Team if you have any questions or need additional support during these challenging times.