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Information on Recent Executive Order

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Please check this page regularly for updates.  Contact our office for any questions or to verify information you have heard from other sources.  ISSS and the University support you and value your presence on our campus and in our community.  ISSS, together with the University administration and other relevant offices, continues to monitor changes to immigration policy and enforcement to ensure we can provide you with current and correct information.

Summary: The revised Executive Order addressing immigration has been released.  There are several changes- please see below.    

Current information: updated 3/06/17

  1. The new Executive Order instates a revised travel ban: Individuals from 6 countries (Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia) who are outside the U.S. and do not currently have a valid visa will not be permitted to enter the United States for 90 days. Note that Iraq has been removed from this list.  
  2. The new EO is valid for 90 days.
  3. The new EO goes into effect March 16, 2017.
  4. Exclusions and Waivers: the new order specifically excludes lawful permanent residents (green card holders). The order also contains several other exclusions and waivers- we are working to clarify how these may apply to students and scholars on F and J visas. 
  5. Citizens of the 6 countries named in the ban who are outside the U.S. and have valid visas issued before March 16, 2017 can travel to the US and request entry at the border in the same way they could before the Executive Order was signed.
  6. The new Executive Order does not revoke any visas.
  7. USCIS is processing immigration benefit requests per normal parameters for individuals in the United States.
  8. The Department of State is continuing to hold visa interviews and process visa applications as normal, although this may change in the next several days.

Reported Impacts

  1. Citizens and nationals of the countries listed in the Executive Order ban should be able to enter the US if they possess a valid visa . If you or someone you know from one of the 6 countries is outside the US and trying to enter, please contact our office so we can assist.   
  2. We expect to continue to see increased vetting/ questioning at the border possible for anyone entering the United States. (See below for guidance). 

Guidance

  • We recommend that all nationals from the 6 countries listed remain in the US if currently here, even if you have a valid multiple entry visa. If you have an emergency and must travel, contact ISSS before traveling.  
  • We suggest that all international students and scholars consider avoiding all non-essential travel at this time. You are welcome to contact our office to further discuss potential risks. 
  • If you enter the US in the next few weeks, expect increased screening at the border, including a review of your social media accounts. We do not recommend deleting social media accounts before entering to avoid this; however we do recommend you are aware that what you are posting/ viewing will be reviewed upon entry.  
  • Departments, faculty, and staff working with impacted students and scholars are encouraged to contact ISSS with questions or concerns.
  • Contact the ISSS office for specific questions and concerns.
  • US citizen members of the U community considering travel to one of the 7 listed countries should contact the Global Risk Manager, Sean Bridegam.

Campus Communication

EO Update email: February 4, 2017

Support for International Community: January 31, 2017

Information on Recent Executive Order: January 27, 2017 Communication

Resources

We know our students and scholars may be feeling afraid, anxious, angry, and uncertain about their future. If this situation negatively impacts you, or your ability to be successful as a student or scholar, please speak with an ISSS advisor as soon as possible. 

The offices below can also provide support and resources.

University Counseling Center
http://counselingcenter.utah.edu/ 

Women’s Resource Center
http://womenscenter.utah.edu/

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs
http://diversity.utah.edu/centers/cesa/ 

Last Updated: 3/6/17