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Important Information for students affected by President Trump Executive Order

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Please refer to the current Travel Advisory document (PDF) for full details.

Students and Scholars may consult items below for an up-to-date description of developments or changes to the Executive Order.

September 14, 2020: Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers

Beginning September 14, 2020, the USG will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health screening for these passengers. Currently, enhanced entry health screening is conducted for those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen region of Europe, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), Ireland, and Brazil.  For more information visit the following CDC Website:

Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers

July 16, 2020: Travelers from Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland 

Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel. Students from those areas who are traveling on a J-1 may contact the nearest embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request. For more information visit, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-from-certain-travelers-from-the-schengen-area-uk-and-ireland.html

Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States due to COVID-19 (CDC):  Updated June 15, 2020

Several Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

Coronavirus Proclamation, Limits Entry of Certain Immigrants

President Trump issued Presidential Proclamations that suspend entry of certain new immigrants who do not already have an approved immigrant visa.  The proclamation does not currently impact applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence, or nonimmigrants (such as students, exchange visitors, H-1B workers, visitors for business or pleasure, etc.).  For the most up-to-date information and country information please view https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/covid-19-restrictions-us-visas-and-entry#countryproclamations.

Coronavirus Proclamation of April 22, 2020, Limits Entry of Certain Immigrants

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation that suspends entry for 60 days of certain new immigrants who do not already have an approved immigrant visa. The proclamation does not currently impact applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence, or nonimmigrants (such as students, exchange visitors, H-1B workers, visitors for business or pleasure, etc.).

Proclamation of April 22, 2020: Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please visit https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/coronavirus-proclamation-april-22-2020-limits-entry-certain-immigrants for more information.

Update: 01/31/2020: Trump Administration Announces Expansion of Travel Ban

In a January 31, 2020, Presidential Proclamation, the Trump administration expanded its travel ban to place visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries.

What You Need to Know:

  • The six countries added to the existing travel ban are: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
  • The expanded ban becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on February 21, 2020.
  • The ban contains restrictions on immigrants but not on nonimmigrants, so it will not impact acquisition of nonimmigrant visas like F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, H-1B worker, etc., or of admission to the United States in those categories.

Context: The January 31 announcement is an expansion of the Travel Ban 3.0, issued by the Trump administration on September 24, 2017.

For more information visit, https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/executiv...

Update: 9/24/2017

President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country.

The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.

This is a new exercise of authority under Executive Order 13780.  The prior 90-day entry ban under Section 2(c) expired on Sunday, September 24, 2017, except for the portion relating to refugees, which expires on October, 24, 2017. The current "list of 8" comprises five of the six countries that had been included in the prior 90-day entry ban (Sudan was removed), and three new countries: Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.

The situation remains fluid.  Source: http://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/Internati...

Update: 6/26/2017

In a June 26, 2017 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban. The decision, however, contains an important exception that upholds the injunction for individuals "who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." To qualify as a bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity, the Court states that "the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading EO–2." The Court gives the following examples of individuals who would likely have the required "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. entity, and therefore would remain exempt from the 90-day ban: Students who have been admitted to a U.S. school; Workers who accept an offer of employment from a U.S. employer; and  Lecturers invited to address an American audience.

The Supreme Court also formally lifted the injunction on the government's study that could lead, under section 2(e) of the executive order, to an indefinite ban on entry by nationals of countries that do not provide the U.S. government with sufficient information on their citizens who are applying for U.S. visas or immigration benefits

Source: http://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/Internati...

Update: 3/16/2017

A judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order today preventing implementation of the latest executive order restricting travel and visa issuance for citizens of six countries.  For the latest update and information, visit the Executive Order Travel Ban: NASFA Resources portal. 

Update: 3/6/2017:

President Trump has signed a new Executive Order that is an update of his previous order. The updated order contains the following provisions:

  • For 90 days, visas will not be issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In the original executive order, Iraq was also on the visa blacklist, but it is not covered under the current order. The new executive order also makes it clear that people from the six affected countries can apply for waivers to enter the US in particularly urgent circumstances.

  • The new executive order will not affect green card holders — or anyone else who already has a visa, either in the US or abroad. The new executive order won’t affect people — either permanent residents or temporary visa holders — who’ve already been admitted to the US. Furthermore, people who haven’t yet come to the US but who have been issued visas already will still be allowed to enter. This means the new order doesn’t authorize the widespread detention of people at airports, and barring of people from boarding US-bound flights, that marked the first executive order — though that doesn’t mean that Customs and Border Protection agents won’t continue to be aggressive in detaining immigrants entering the US.

  • For 120 days, the US won’t bring any new refugees into the country. The new executive order reinstates a 120-day ban on refugee admissions. (The new order, like the original, makes an exception for refugees already “in transit” to the United States.) While the original executive order made an exception for refugees who were members of “persecuted religious minorities” in their home country, saying they could enter the US during the pause, the new order eliminates that loophole. After 120 days, though, refugees will be allowed to enter the US from any country — another change from the original executive order, which banned refugees of Syria’s civil war from entering the US indefinitely.

  • The temporary bans will create space for permanent changes to the refugee and visa process. Like the original executive order, the new order directs the Department of Homeland Security to set new standards for how much information other countries will have to give the US when their citizens apply to come here. Countries that can’t meet that standard will be placed on a permanent blacklist, which will replace the 90-day one. Refugees will also be subject to those higher standards, and the US will accept only 50,000 refugees in the current fiscal year.

Text of the Executive Order can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-p...

A quick "facts" breakdown can also be found here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/fact-sheet-and-qa-on...

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. Section 3 of that Executive Order will "suspend entry into the United States" of both nonimmigrants and immigrants from at least 7 countries, for 90 days from the date the Executive Order was signed (Jan. 27, 2017), except for those persons traveling on diplomatic visas, NATO visas, and C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations. For now, these countries are:

  1. Iran
  2. Iraq
  3. Libya
  4. Somalia
  5. Sudan
  6. Syria
  7. Yemen

Additional countries (to the above 7) may be added by the US President - Thus, the above country list will be updated as we receive notice from Washington, D.C. 

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