Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, hosts nearly 13,000 international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars from over 150 countries plus family members who accompany them.
A Presidential Proclamation that affects travel into the U.S. by some citizens of eight countries was issued on September 24, 2017. Since then, there have been legal challenges and U.S. district court temporary injunctions that blocked enforcement of the travel restrictions. UPDATE: On December 4th, the Supreme Court issued an order that allows the travel restrictions to be fully enforced while a decision is pending.
Fraudulent emails and phone calls are a huge problem, and we all need to be vigilant in recognizing them and avoid giving up personal information--and our money! Please refer to the following information to help identify scams and phishing and how to report them to the proper authorities.
Update November 10, 2017: The U.S. and Turkish governments announced on November 6th that they would resume offering limited visa services to the citizens of Turkey and the U.S., respectively. Read the original October 8th news item announcing that the suspension of visa services.