International Students Admission

International Students Admission (BOR Student Affairs Policy 4.2.1.2)

Thank you for considering Albany State University to continue your educational journey. International students must meet basic admission requirements for their classification and you may have additional requirements based on visa type and educational history.

Applicants to Albany State University are classified “international” if they meet any of the following criteria;

  1. Students who are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa.
  2. Students who are currently in the U.S. on any other class of visa.
  3. Students who have been educated outside of the U.S.
  4. Students who are currently living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States.
  5. Students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card.

 

Prospective first-year students must meet one of the following admission criteria: 

  • 2.0+ weighted GPA with Evidence-Based Reading & Writing:  480 & Math 440 SAT or
    • 2.0+ unweighted GPA with English or Reading 17 & Math 17
    • Applicants with a high school GPA of at least a 2.0 can be admitted into our access pathway programs

Requirements include satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation.  

Attention: Non-native English speakers require a Proof of English Proficiency (listed below).

  1. STEPS TO APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
    Apply online. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  1. Submit High School Transcripts
    Mail your official transcript or have a school official email your transcript to the Office of Admissions at admissions@asurams.edu. Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must submit a certified English translation of all documents.

Official documents can be mailed to:

Albany State University

Office of Admissions
504 College Drive
Albany, Georgia 31705

  1. List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies
  1. Submit Proof of English Proficiency (see table below)
    Non-Native English Speakers must submit Proof of English Proficiency. They may submit SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL (Including Home Edition), and Duolingo English Test. Results must be submitted directly from the testing service.
Non-native speakers who attend four years of high school in the United States do not require Proof of English Proficiency.

Evaluating and transferring credit(s) from foreign institutions takes time to complete so we recommend applying for admission early. As educational systems vary worldwide, it is possible that many classes taken outside of the United States will not transfer to Albany State University.

Steps to Apply for Admission

  • Complete Admissions Application
    Complete the Online Application. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Submit College/University Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended (foreign and within the United States). Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
  • If you have less than 30 transferable semester hours, you must submit secondary school transcripts (see freshman requirements).
  • List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies

Professional transcript evaluations of college/university transcripts must include a course by course evaluation with GPA calculation

  • If you have transferrable coursework from an institution within the United States, you can request the official transcript(s) from www.studentclearinghouse.org, or www.parchment.com.
  • Albany State University may require you to submit a credential evaluation for certain college/university coursework. You will be notified by an admissions counselor if this is required.

English Language Proficiency

Completion of a test of English language proficiency is required of all international students and scholars. Please refer to the chart below for approved exams and minimum standards or some other University System of Georgia approved evaluation of English.

The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission: (Meet a minimum of 1 below)

 

Minimum Score for Admission*

Recommended

Score for

Admission

Internet TOEFL

69

79

 

Paper TOEFL (only accepted until October 2019)

523

550

 

IELTS

6

6.5

 

Old SAT (administered prior to March 2016) Critical Reading section

430

 

 

New SAT (administered March 2016 or later) Reading test

24

 

 

ACT English

17

 

 

EIKEN

Pre-1

 

 

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

77

 

 

Cambridge English Scale Score - which can be demonstrated in B2 First (First Certificate in English -FCE), C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English - CAE) or C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE)

169

177

 

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams

“D” or Better

 

 

UK GCSE “English” exam

“C” or Better

 

 

UK GCE A-Level “English” exam

“C” or Better

 

 

EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams

“D” or Better

 

 

Pearson (PTE) Academic

53

58

 

Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study.

Per USG approval.

 

 

A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English. Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction. 2) Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better in one or both courses, at an accredited U.S. institution.

   

 

Students who are required to take Compass or Accuplacer placement tests, may be waived of the English Proficiency requirement if the calculated EPI places them directly into college level English with no required co-requisite.

   

 

Applicants applying for an F-1 student visa will need to be issued an I-20 from Albany State University. An I-20 will only be issued to students who have been fully admitted to ASU and have provided the required financial documentation. Once accepted, a completed Financial Guarantee form (PDF), bank statement, and copy of passport must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

International students must provide documentation that they have sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board health insurance and other living expenses before receiving an I-20.

Required Amounts to Issue I-20

Visa Type

Duration of Study

Required Amount

F-1 Students

1st Academic Year Only

$22,000 (Associates Degree)

F-1 Students

1st Academic Year Only

$27,600 (Bachelor’s/Graduate Degree)

If official documents are not submitted in English, they can be submitted through one of the following Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies (will not accept agencies not listed)

List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies

  1. Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
  2. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  3. Education Credential Evaluators
  4. WES World Education Services
  5. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.)
  6. Scholaro (translates bank statements English and USD Currency)

 

Step 1: Submit a scanned .pdf of the identification page of your passport to admissions@asurams.edu, and/or Lenita.swan@asurams.edu, and/or michelle.appling@asurams.edu

Step 2: Submit financial documentation. International students must provide documentation that they have sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board health insurance, and other living expenses before receiving an I-20.

Evidence of financial ability includes but is not limited to:

  1. Family bank statements.
  2. Documentation from a sponsor.
  3. Financial aid letters.
  4. Scholarship letters.
  5. Letter from an employer showing annual salary.

Financial Statements and documents must be liquid and the statement date must be within the last six months   (Bank Statement must be translated in English and funding translated in USD dollars (many use Scholaro for bank translation)

  1. be on official bank letterhead and signed by bank official
  2. bank statement must show the name of the account holder
  3. the date the statement was issued
  4. the name of the bank and account type
  5. state the currency type
  6. translated in English  
  7. bank statement must clearly indicate the current balance (must be dated within the last six months when received by ASU)

 

Documentation from a Sponsor must include the following:

  1. Name of sponsor on the affidavit must match exactly the name on the bank statement (It is also easier to identify the sponsor if the address stated on the affidavit of support matches the address on the bank statement).
  2. include sponsor's address
  3. include a telephone number and email address
  4. include original signature and title of the signatory
  5. state your name
  6. state a specific U.S. dollar amount
  7. state duration of the sponsorship/scholarship

 

Unacceptable proof of funding

  1. Property funds
  2. Line of credit
  3. Solvency certificates
  4. Credit card account statements
  5. Salary statements or paystubs
  6. Loans that are issued “in-principle”
  7. Financial statements that do not show the current ending balance
  8. Funds that will be frozen after the beginning of studies at the Albany State University
  9. Provident funds that do not show the exact amount that can be withdrawn for educational purposes
  10. Bank accounts created for certain purposes, other than education: retirement, life insurance etc.

 

Step 3: Submit your immunization record. (Both the completed ASU Certificate of Immunization and the Official Vaccination Report from Home of Record) that includes the following vaccinations:

  1. 2 Measles, 2 Mumps and 2 Rubella
  2. Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years
  3. 2 Varicella vaccine or the history of Chicken Pox
  4. 3 Hepatitis B (All International Students regardless of age)

 

Step 4: Your completed I-20, signed by a designated Albany State University representative, will be sent to the email address you provided on your application for admission.

How is my SEVIS record transferred to Albany State University from my current school?

If you hold F-1 status or were in F-1 status within the last 60 days, you can transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to Albany State University.

Step 1: Complete the attached Transfer-In Form and submit a copy to your current school’s Designated School Official (DSO) for their signature.

Step 2: The current DSO must Email the signed Transfer-In Form to us as an attachment to admissions@asurams.edu, and/or Lenita.swan@asurams.edu.

Step 3: Submit scanned copies in .pdf format of these documents to admissions@asurams.edu, and/or Lenita.swan@asurams.edu

  1. identification page of your passport;
  2. all pages of previous I-20 forms; and,
  3. both sides of your I-94 card or your I-94 electronic document.

Step 4: Your current school’s DSO will release your SEVIS record to Albany State University around the date of your school’s graduation, or at the time you are ready to transfer from another college or university to Albany State University.

Step 5: Your completed I-20, signed by a designated Albany State University representative, will be sent to the email address you provided on your application for admission.

  • Academic Advisor Recommendation for I-20/DS-2019 Extension
  • Change of Program Level Request
  • Curricular Practical Responsibilities (CPT) Agreement Form
  • Program Extension Request

  • Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request
  • STEM Occupational Practical Training (OPT) Request
  • Transfer-In Request (must be completed if transferring from another institution in the United States)
  • Transfer-Out Request (must be completed if transferring to another institution in the United States)

 

Completed Click for ASU Certificate of Immunization Form.

Required for all international students regardless of age. 

Immunization requirements includes the following:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 MMR or 2 Measles, 2 Mumps and 2 Rubella
  • Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years
  • 2 Varicella vaccines or the date of Chicken Pox

Immigration Updates

The ISSO is monitoring Presidential Actions, immigration policy, and regulations and will post information about changes that may impact international students and scholars at Iowa State University on this site.

 

As always, it is important to maintain your legal nonimmigrant status in the United States and to avoid committing serious crimes, which crimes include drunk driving. Please be certain to pay extra attention to communications from the the PDSO/DSO regarding your status. Have questions? Contact us via email (admissions@asurams.edu) or phone (229-500-4358).

 

December 28, 2021

"A Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019" banning entry to the U.S. of nonimmigrants who have been physically present in the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the preceding 14 days is revoked, effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 31, 2021. To read the Presidential Proclamation revoking the Sothern Africa travel ban, please see here. COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements remain in effect for those boarding flights to the U.S. from anywhere in the world. CDC Travel Requirements

 

November 26, 2021 - Revoked effective December 31, 2021

"A Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019" bans entry to the U.S. of nonimmigrants who have been physically present in the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the preceding 14 days. This ban is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on November 29, 2021, and remains in effect until terminated by the President of the United States. For more information and limited exceptions to the ban, please see here.

 

October 25, 2021

"A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic" lifts the ban on entry to the U.S. for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID travel bans for Brazil, China, European Schengen area, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Republic of South Africa, and the United Kingdom will expire on November 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time. For more information regarding vaccination requirements and limited exceptions, please read the CDC Website here.

 

April 30, 2021 -- Expires November 8, 2021

"Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019" bans entry to the U.S. of nonimmigrants who have been physically present in India during the preceding 14 days. This ban is effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 4, 2021 and remains in effect until terminated by the President of the United States. For more information and limited exceptions to the ban, please see here.

 

April 1, 2021

Presidential Proclamation 10052, "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” has expired. Effective April 1, 2021, new applications for H-1 visas will be accepted to the extent that U.S. Embassies and Consulates are open and accepting appointments where local COVID-19 conditions permit. H-1 visa applicants who were previously refused a visa due to Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply. (For background on the now-expired Presidential Proclamation 10052 banning (with limited exceptions in the national interest of the U.S.) the entry of new H-1B nonimmigrants through March 31, 2021, please see the June 22, 2020, June 29, 2020, and December 31, 2020 entries below.)

 

February 24, 2021

Presidential Proclamation 10014, "Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak" is rescinded with immediate effect. New immigrants approved for permanent resident status are once again allowed to enter the United States. (Note that Presidential Proclamation 10052 banning (with limited exceptions in the national interest of the U.S.) the entry of new H-1B nonimmigrants remains in effect through March 31, 2021. Please see the June 22, 2020, June 29, 2020, and December 31, 2020 entries below.)

 

January 25, 2021 -- Expires November 8, 2021

"Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease." This Presidential Proclamation, prohibits entry to the U.S. of non-U.S. citizens, (immigrants or nonimmigrants) who have been physically present in the Republic of South Africa during the preceding 14 days. This ban is effective at 12:01 Eastern Standard Time on January 30, 2021. The Proclamation also reconfirms the entry prohibitions of non-U.S. citizens (immigrants or nonimmigrants) who were physically present within the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry to the U.S. (Please see the June 15, 2020, entry below.) This Proclamation banning entry due to COVID-19 remains in effect until terminated by the President of the United States. For more information and limited exceptions to the ban, please see here.

 

January 20, 2021

Executive Order 13780 and Presidential Proclamations 9645, 9723, and 9983 banning entry to the United States by certain persons from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen are revoked. (Please see the December 14, 2017, and June 26, 2018 entries below for details of the revoked ban.) The text of the Executive Order revoking the ban can be read here

 

December 31, 2020

Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspending entry to the U.S. of certain H-1B workers (see the June 22 and June 29, 2020, entries below) has been extended through March 31, 2021. The full announcement can be read here

 

July 16, 2020

The Department of State announced that students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visas are now exempt from the June 15, 2020, travel ban and are permitted to enter the U.S. J-1 students may request an exception to the travel ban from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The full announcement can be read here.

 

July 1, 2020 (updated every 30 days starting 3/5/2020)

University-Sponsored International Travel Temporarily Suspended

The Board of Regents suspended all University-sponsored international travel on March 5, 2020. Until further notice, the Board will extend the international travel ban by seven days each Monday. Providing this continuous 30-day window, until conditions improve, will allow faculty, staff and students to plan accordingly.

 

June 29, 2020 Amendment to the June 22, 2020, Presidential Proclamation

The White House issued an amendment to the June 22, 2020, Presidential Proclamation (see below) to clarify that individuals who were outside the U.S. on June 24, 2020; who did not have a valid H-1B or H-4 nonimmigrant visa in their passport on June 24, 2020; and who do not have an official travel document other than a visa (for example, advance parole based on a pending application for U.S. lawful permanent residence) are barred from entry to the U.S. in H-1B, or H-4 status through December 31, 2020. The original Proclamation did not make clear what type of valid visa was required on June 24th in order to enter the U.S. in H-1B or H-4 status prior to December 31, 2020.

 

June 22, 2020 (Updated June 25, 2020) Amended June 29, 2020 (see above) Extended December 31, 2020 (see above)

Presidential Proclamation: "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/

· Employees in H-1B nonimmigrant status (current or future)

The Proclamation was effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020. It suspends entry to the U.S. through December 31, 2020 for individuals who wish to enter the U.S. in H-1B or H-4 status and may be “continued as necessary.” It affects individuals who were outside the U.S. on June 24, 2020; who did not have a nonimmigrant U.S. visas in their passport that was valid on June 24, 2020; and who do not have an official travel document other than a visa (for example, advance parole based on a pending application for U.S. lawful permanent residence).

If you are currently inside the U.S. and hold H-1 or H-4 status, international travel is not recommended for the duration of the Proclamation.

6/25/2020 Update: The American Immigration Lawyers Association has confirmed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection that those who travel on a Canadian passport are not subject to the provisions of this Proclamation.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to process all H-1B petitions we file.

· Exchange Visitors (EV) in J-1 nonimmigrant status sponsored by Iowa State University (current or future)

Not affected by this proclamation. ISU hosts EVs in the following categories: research scholar, professor, short-term scholar, specialist, student intern, student non-degree, student bachelors, student masters, and student doctorate, none of which are mentioned in the proclamation.

· Students in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status (current or future)

Not affected by this proclamation.

· Workers essential to the U.S. food supply chain, or in the national interest of the U.S.

May be eligible for an exception to the provisions of this proclamation. The Proclamation lists the following categories of individuals who may be eligible for an exception. Those who are coming to the U.S. to perform activities that are: (1) critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the U.S.; (2) involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized; (3) involved with the provision of medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19; or (4) are necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.

It is our understanding that U.S. consular officials and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents will determine who meets the exception criteria. No additional guidance has been provided at this time.

 

 

June 15, 2020 (updated 1/31/2020, 2/29/2020, 3/11/2020, 3/14/2020, 5/24/2020, 7/16/2020) -- Expires November 8, 2021

Presidential Proclamation: Certain Travelers’ Entry to the United States Prohibited

Presidential proclamations impose restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries or world regions during the past 14 days may not enter the United States: China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Brazil. [Please see the July 16, 2020, update for F-1 and J-1 students from the European Schengen area, United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.] For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations found on the U.S. Department of State website.

Visit the Center for Disease Control's Website for a summary of COVID-19 travel suspensions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

 

 

June 4, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Offices Reopen

Certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. Offices are phasing in biometric appointments for applicants who filed I-539 or I-485 applications with USCIS.

 

 

June 1, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Premium Processing Service Resumes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed its premium processing service for H-1B petitions in two phases:

· The first phase, beginning June 8, 2020, for petitions pending at USCIS as of June 7, 2020.

· The second phase, beginning June 15, 2020, is for petitions submitted to USCIS on or after June 8, 2020.

· Premium processing for I-140 Immigrant Petitions resumed on June 1, 2020.

 

 

May 29, 2020

Presidential Proclamation: “Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China”

Restricts the entry to the U.S. of any Chinese F or J graduate student or J Chinese researcher who “receives funding from or who currently is or has been employed by, studies at, or conducts research at or on behalf of an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s ‘military-civil fusion strategy.’” This proclamation took effect June 1, 2020, and can be read here.

The Proclamation does not apply to undergraduate students or to graduate students or scholars who are “conducting research in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC’s military-civil fusion strategy, as determined by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security.”

Although at this time there are still many unanswered questions, it is our understanding that:

· U.S. Embassies and Consulates will deny F-1 or J-1 visas to Chinese graduate students and scholars who they determine are affected by this Proclamation.

· Chinese graduate students and scholars affected by this Proclamation who already have F-1 or J-1 visas will be denied entry or re-entry to the U.S. after international travel.

· Chinese graduate students and scholars affected by this Proclamation who are currently in the U.S. may have their F-1 or J-1 visas revoked by the U.S. Department of State.

If a visa is revoked, the student or scholar will receive an e-mail notification from the U.S. Department of State. Revocation of a visa cancels the visa in the passport, but does not affect the ability to stay in the U.S. for the duration of the DS-2019 or I-20. However, a new visa application will be required to return to the U.S. after any international travel.

We don’t know how the government will determine which students and scholars are affected by this Proclamation. In addition, the ban on entry to the U.S. from China due to the pandemic is still in place and to the best of our knowledge, visa appointments at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world remain suspended due to the public health emergency. International travel is not recommended for our Chinese F-1 and J-1 graduate students and scholars at this time.

 

 

May 12, 2020 (updated from 3/12/2020)

The Exchange Visitor (EV) Program of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Paused

All J-1 Exchange Visitor programs funded by the Department of State have been paused “until further notice,” which translates as guidance for other program sponsors such as Iowa State University. Please watch for updates here.

 

 

March 20, 2020

Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates Temporarily Suspended

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. Consular posts will resume routine visa services “as soon as possible” but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

 

 

June 26, 2018

Country Specific Travel Ban Upheld REVOKED January 21, 2021

A 5-4 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Travel Ban which has been in effect since December 2017. This means that the ban remains in effect for certain individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Venezuela, and Yemen, and for all citizens of North Korea and Syria. (Please see the December 4, 2017, entry below for country-specific information.) A count

that country to have met “global requirements for information sharing in support of immigration screening and vetting.” Under this provision, Chad was removed from the travel ban in April 2018.

 

 

December 4, 2017 (updated from September 24, 2017)

Presidential Proclamation: Country Specific Travel Ban Issued, Later Upheld REVOKED January 21, 2021

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on December 4, 2017, that the administration can enforce the travel ban on eight countries as written in the Presidential Proclamation of September 24, 2017, effective immediately. The injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland are no longer in effect. The affected countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela (certain government officials only), Yemen, and Somalia. Although there are some exemptions, exceptions, and waivers available for certain circumstances, the basic rules for each country are listed below.

Immigrants are individuals who have been granted the right to live permanently in the United States and include US Permanent Residents (green card holders). Permanent Residents are not affected by this travel ban. Individuals from affected countries seeking to enter the United States for the first time on an immigrant visa granted by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas are subject to the travel ban.

Nonimmigrants are individuals who seek to enter the United States for a temporary stay. Examples of nonimmigrant statuses include F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, H-1B, H-4, B-1, and B-2.

Chad - Update: CHAD WAS REMOVED FROM THE TRAVEL BAN APRIL 2018

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas

· Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas is not suspended

Iran

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry of Iranian nationals "under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements."

· Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas is suspended

Libya

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas.

· Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas is not suspended

North Korea

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry is suspended for all nonimmigrant visa categories

Syria

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry is suspended for all nonimmigrant visa categories

Venezuela

· Entry is suspended for Venezuelan nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, but only for officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures - including the Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration; the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps; the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service; and the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations - and their immediate family members.

· Nationals of Venezuela not subject to the above suspension should nevertheless "be subject to appropriate additional measures to ensure traveler information remains current."

Yemen

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· Entry is suspended for nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas

· Entry under other types of nonimmigrant visas is not suspended

Somalia

· Entry as a new immigrant is suspended

· "Visa adjudications for nationals of Somalia and decisions regarding their entry as nonimmigrants should be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if applicants are connected to terrorist organizations or otherwise pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States."

To read the full text of the September 24, 2017 Proclamation including information about each country affected and the available exemptions, exceptions, and waivers, please visit this site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-enhancing-vetting-capabilities-processes-detecting-attempted-entry-united-states-terrorists-public-safety-threats/

We strongly encourage members of the ISU community from the seven countries named in the travel ban to speak with an International Student or Scholar Advisor in the ISSO before traveling abroad.

 

Remember that you are a welcome and valued member of the Albany State University community. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

 

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The following terminology is used in this section and holds the meaning described below:

Academic Transcript: Official records of courses, credit, and grades earned while studying at the college, university or educational institution. The academic transcript or record is issued by the institution. Some academic transcripts also indicate clearly the academic degree earned and date that the degree was awarded. If they do not have official information about the academic degree that has been conferred, a separate proof of degree is required. (see Tips)

Recognized Institution: Higher-level educational institution that is recognized in the country by the appropriate government agency or accrediting agency as is approved to award degrees.

Issuing Institution: This terminology means that the records must show that they were prepared by the educational institution where the degree and coursework were earned.

Certification versus Notarization: Certification means that a representative of the educational institution is authorized by the institution to certify/approve copies of academic records as being official and true. Notarization is not adequate for admission purposes because the individual notary is usually a private entity, not an official representative of the institution. Note: Notarized copies are not considered official academic records. Please do not submit your original proof of degree, as we cannot return it to you.

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