As a new administration comes in to the Executive Branch of our government, we are likely to see policy changes that may affect our international community and raise questions or concerns from our students and scholars. The International Students and Scholars Office has created this page to provide updates and resources to Clark students and scholars.
We will continue to update this page as legal challenges happen and we learn more about how U.S. government agencies are applying this Executive Order.
The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation as a follow up to Executive Order 13780, which was issued on March 6, 2017. The major points are as follows:
- Sudan is no longer included on the list of countries subject to travel restrictions.
- Chad, North Korea and Venezuela have been added to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions.
- The complete list of countries subject to travel restrictions is: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen.
- Travel restrictions are different for each country.
- The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments on the Executive Order Travel Bans on October 10, 2017. That is now under review.
You can find more details on the U.S. Department of State website, including a chart that explains what types of visas will be suspended from issuance to citizens of each of the designated countries in the travel ban.
More information on the Presidential Proclamation from the White House is found here.
**Advice remains to limit international travel to only what is absolutely necessary, especially for individuals who are from the countries listed in the proclamation.
The United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to President Trump’s travel ban in October. In doing so, the Court allowed portions of the travel ban to go into effect until their decision is announced in late Fall. The court said that the ban affects “foreign nationals who lack any bone fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Clark students and scholars who already have visas should not be affected. Students and scholars in the process of applying for a visa should also be unaffected because they have a specific, established relationship to Clark University.
However, if you are a Clark University student or scholar from one of the six countries affected by the travel ban and you are currently inside the United States, the International Students and Scholars Office advises that you not travel out of the U.S. at this time.
The U.S. District Court in Hawaii converted its TRO into a preliminary injunction that will continue to block enforcement of the entry ban. The U.S. Government has appealed this court order and legal challenges are ongoing.
A U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the Government from enforcing the entry ban.
A U.S District Court in Hawaii placed a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the March 6 Executive Order that prohibits the Government from enforcing the entry ban.
President Trump signed Executive Order 13780 – a revised version of the Executive Order that was issued on January 27. This Executive Order directly affects students from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The EO places a 90-day ban on entry into the United States from these 6 countries. ISSO continues to advise that anyone from these six countries refrain from international travel to the extent possible at this point.
The entry ban applies to people who:
- Are outside of the United States on or after March 16,
- Did not have a valid visa at 5:00 PM EST on January 27, and
- Did not have a valid visa on March 16.
The entry ban does not apply to Lawful Permanent Residents, valid U.S. visa holders, dual citizens who present a passport from a country not on the list, and people who have an Advanced Parole document that was valid on or after March 16.
This Executive Order allows the use of case-by-case discretionary waivers of the Department of State (for visa issuance) and the Department of Homeland Security (for entry).
The Executive Order suspends the Department of States ability to waive the in-person visa interview requirement for certain applicants for non-immigrant visas. This will likely result in longer wait times for visa appointments at US Embassies and Consulates abroad. Students and scholars should plan accordingly if they are traveling outside of the US and will need to get a new F-1 or J-1 visa in order to return to Clark in the Fall semester.
The Executive Order is scheduled to go into effect at 12:01am, Eastern Daylight time on March 16, 2017. This order rescinds Executive Order 13769 that was signed on January 27.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) initially issued by the U.S. District Court in Washington state, which means that the Federal government continues to be prohibited from enforcing certain sections of the Executive Order. This situation is very fluid and legal challenges are ongoing. Advice remains to limit international travel to only what is absolutely necessary, especially for individuals who are from the seven listed countries.
The U.S. District Court in Washington state granted a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the Federal government from enforcing certain sections of the Executive Order. Effectively, this means that the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security are issuing visas and allowing entry into the United States for qualified individuals from the 7 listed countries.
President Trump signed Executive Order 13769 that directly affects Clark University international students and scholars. While Clark University condemns this Executive Order as unwelcome and counter-productive, ISSO has the responsibility to help Clark’s international students and community understand what the order does and does not allow them to do.
For more information:
- Clark University President David Angel’s statement on the Executive Order sent January 28
- Clark University Faculty Resolution sent February 6
- Clark University reiterates support for immigrant and undocumented students, scholars
- Travel Advisory from NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- Executive Order 13780, signed March 6, 2017
- Fact Sheet from Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Homeland Security Executive Order Q&A
- Executive Order 13769, signed January 27, 2017 (rescinded as of March 16, 2017)
- Know Your Rights – at airports
- Know Your Rights – for non-citizens
- June 26, 2017 Supreme Court Opinion
Questions about this?
Please contact Patricia Doherty in the International Students and Scholars Office.