Update on Executive Order: March 15, 2017. The U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, putting a temporary stop on the executive order which was to go into effect on March 16, 2017.
For the latest information, review the updates on the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) website.
Message to International Students and Scholars, March 7, 2017
The White House has released a revised Executive Order signed by President Trump on March 6, 2017, which replaced the Executive Order, signed January 27, 2017. The new order goes into effect at 12:01am EST on March 16, 2017. This revised order suspends the issuance of visas and entry into the US for at least 90 days beginning March 16 to citizens of these countries who do not already have a valid visa to the US: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
A Court order that stopped the previous Executive Order (EO) remains in effect until the new Executive Order begins on March 16, 2017.
Key points of the revised order:
· Iraq is no longer included in the list of countries temporarily suspended for visa issuance and entry. The EO does indicate that visa applications from Iraq will undergo close review, although it has been removed from the suspension list.
· US Permanent Residents (“green card holders”), and those on advanced parole, are exempt, so they should be unaffected regardless of citizenship.
Dual citizens - citizens of countries on the suspension list who are also citizens of another country not on the suspension list - should be unaffected if they travel on their passport from an unrestricted country.
· Individuals who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or hold a valid visa on the effective date of the Executive Order are not barred from entry. If you are a citizen of one of the suspended countries and do NOT have a valid visa, you will not be able to travel back to the US during this time.
· The Visa Interview Waiver Program will be suspended on March 16 and visa security measures will be increased. Everyone who needs a new visa will have to apply for one in-person (possibly long visa wait times). There will no longer be any kind of mail-in or drop-off service available to get or renew US visas. We cannot predict what the wait times to get a new visa will be, so we advise that you plan ahead as much as possible and check the consulate where you intend to get your visa for information about current wait times.
Travel and visa related recommendations:
If you are a citizen of one of the suspended countries and have a current visa to enter the US, you should be allowed entry to the U.S.. Please contact your adviser at CGS if you are from one of the countries on the list and are considering travel. If you do not have a valid visa, please do not travel at this time.
If you plan to travel and have dual citizenship, with one of the two countries being on the list of suspended countries (for example, Canada and Iran), we advise that you enter the US with your documents from the non-suspended country (for example, Canada). Please note that you will likely face extra scrutiny. Please contact your adviser at CGS if you plan to travel.
If you the citizen of a country not on the suspension list but are concerned that your country will also be added to the suspension list, please contact an immigration attorney and your adviser at CGS.
If you are an international student from a country that is not on the suspension list, you should continue to follow our recommendations on travel.
In general, we advise all international students to exercise caution during travel, carry all original identification and travel documents with you for international as well as domestic travel, follow all laws of the United States and maintain your legal status.
Other Immigration Benefits
The EO does not impact citizens of the suspended countries who are already in the US and applying for immigration benefits, such as OPT or a change of status to H-1B. However, we recommend that citizens of the above listed countries who are graduating apply for benefits like OPT as early as possible.
We will be updating our website with more information, and will also reach out to all international students, faculty, and scholars by email and social media as needed. In case of any emergency while abroad, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Emergency” in the subject line and provide a contact phone number in the email. Center staff will get back to any urgent messages as expeditiously as possible.
· Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic (973-353-5292)
Other Useful Resources
· “Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order” from NAFSA, Association of International Educators, updated regularly