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I am a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands.
All Western Europe Fulbrighters have been issued a "voluntary departure." The language of our commission is as follows:
"Please find attached a letter from the U.S. Department of State announcing a global voluntary departure for the Fulbright Program. The State Department is strongly urging the immediate departure of all US grantees in the Netherlands and many other countries in Europe. Please carefully read the attached message. Unfortunately if you depart now, you will not be able to return to complete your grants. This is currently a voluntary departure, so you can choose to remain. This is a rapidly evolving situation, however, so please be advised that this could become a mandatory departure at a later time when you will be required to leave."
The language of the State Department is as follows:
All current U.S. Fulbright grantees who are still in the affected countries are strongly urged make arrangements to return to the United States as soon as possible.
All U.S. participants who have begun their grants will continue to receive their Fulbright grant payments through June 30, 2020, notwithstanding their early departure from the program. All departing participants will immediately assume Fulbright alumni status. Please note that you will not be permitted to resume your Fulbright activities at a later date and should take all of your belongings with you. Given the fluid situation, if you do not leave now, there is no guarantee that the Fulbright Program will be able to assist you to leave later.
I am staying.
My question is, what would the repercussions be for staying in the Netherlands if a Level 4 travel advisory is put in place?
This would mean the "voluntary" becomes a "mandatory."
This is predicted to happen in the next 30 minutes by https://twitter.com/DeItaOne/status/1240651884484067330
Which is in line with a press conference scheduled in a few minutes, https://twitter.com/StateDept
What would occur if we Fulbright Scholars stayed regardless of a Level 4 warning? I highly doubt a private jet of paratroopers is going to come knock on our door. Are there any citizenship repercussions?
Thank you for any input.