Update 3/15/2017 - Temporary Restraining Order & Preliminary Injunctions Issued for Executive Order Travel Ban
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order on sections 2 and 6 of the new Executive Order 13780 which was to take effect March 16, 2017.Sections 2 and 6 of the new EO barred entry for 90 days individuals without valid visas from particular countries of origin (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and entry for 120 days for refugees. Enforcement of these sections of the EO is currently prohibited in the U.S., at U.S. Borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas pending further court orders. Additionally, on March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on section 2c of Executive Order 1378, also preventing the Government from enforcing the 90-day entry bar. See NAFSA's EO Entry Ban Litigation Updates page for more information on all ongoing litigation.
Keep in mind other sections of the EO will remain in effect, including suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, increased screenings, and reviews of U.S. immigration policy. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, BIO continues to urge extreme caution in travel for individuals from the impacted countries. For impacted individuals, please consult with BIO and your legal counsel before any international travel. BIO also continues to recommend all other individuals to minimize non-essential international travel.
March 6, 2017 Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States
On March 6, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States scheduled to take effect on March 16, 2017. This Executive Order replaces and revokes the prior Executive Order 13769 which had been issued on January 27, 2017. As with the prior Executive Order, this new Executive Order contains provisions that directly affect our student and scholar populations, along with the departments who host them. It contains provisions that seriously impact the entry into the United States of individuals without valid visas from particular countries of origin (Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). Additionally, effects of the Executive Order's increased screening procedures will likely have an impact on travel for many non-immigrant visa holders.
The order issued on March 6th does exclude from the suspension several categories of foreign nationals including United States permanent residents, those with dual nationality traveling with a passport from a non-designated country, those who held valid visas on January 27, 2017, and those who hold valid visas on the date of implementation of the new order, March 16, 2017. In addition, the new Executive Order does not include Iraq in the list of designated countries.
The Department of Homeland Security website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the Executive Order.