Embargoed Country Screening

Certain organizations and individuals are subject to trade sanctions, embargoes, and other restrictions under U.S. law. If your prospective Academic Visitor is a citizen of or normally resident in an embargoed country, or if the prospective Visitor's sponsoring institution is located in an embargoed country, a high probability exists that a specific government license and/or an internal control plan will be required in order for the University to host the Visitor.

Currently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury lists the following countries as highly embargoed: the Crimea/Luhansk/Donetsk regions of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. While it is possible in most cases legally to host a Visitor from an embargoed country who is in the U.S. on an approved visa, the University conducts a more rigorous risk review in these cases to determine possible export licensing and other legal requirements.

The MyEC electronic review process automatically checks via the restricted party screening (RPS) whether a potential Visitor hails from an embargoed country for any category of Visitor entered into the system. Contact the Visitor Liaison for advice if the MyEC system is not used for a Category 1 Visitor, and an embargoed country is an element of a proposed Category 1 visit.

Information on how RPS are incorporated into the MyEC system, as well as how RPS can be conducted independently of the system, is provided on the Hosting Visitors page under Step 2: Visitor Screening and Export Controls Review.