CGS Responds to Administration’s Travel Ban Update

    On January 31, the Trump Administration announced that it would be placing travel restrictions on six additional countries. This presidential proclamation expands upon the administration’s 2017 “travel ban” to now include Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania. Executive Order 13780 will impose restrictions on immigrants from these countries traveling to the United States effective February 21, 2020. It should be noted that the scope of the restrictions is country specific. Non-immigrant visas, including student visas and H-1B worker visas are not expected to be restricted, however CGS is concerned about the consequences a policy of this nature creates. 


    “While the U.S. must remain diligent in safeguarding national security, instituting a policy such as the expanded travel ban undoubtedly challenges our ability as a nation to provide a welcoming environment that embraces our international graduate student community,” said Suzanne T. Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. “Talented individuals from across the globe are significant contributors to our country’s intellectual and economic success, and it is imperative that their contributions are recognized and valued. We should provide a stable and supportive environment, not one in which the goal posts may move in an untoward direction with little notice.”


    According to CGS data, there were over 84,000 international first-time enrollees in graduate programs at CGS member institutions in Fall of 2018. CGS issued a statement in January 2017 in response to the White House’s issuance of the travel ban and in March 2017 following a revision to the Executive Order.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.