Important Immigration Updates
Page last updated February 17, 2017 4:38 p.m. EST.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that restricts entry into the United States from both immigrants and non-imigrants. The executive order mentioned seven nations from the Middle East and Africa and effectively banned travel to the U.S. from citizens of those contries.
On February 3, 2017, a U.S. Federal District Judge issued a restraining order to immediately halt the executive order's travel ban.
On February 9, 2017, three Federal Judges unanimously ruled to deny the Justice Department's challenge to the restraining order.
What do I need to know?
While the appeals court has upheld the decision to lift the travel ban, and individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are now able to enter the U.S., we strongly recommend that individuals from these countries not depart the U.S.
We recommend that individuals from these countries remain vigilant of possible interruptions when making travel arrangements to the U.S.
Your Rights in the U.S.
As an international student or scholar, you have specific rights in the U.S.
Elimination of the visa interview waiver program
The U.S. has suspended the visa interview waiver program. This means that if you will be traveling outside of the U.S. and need to apply for a new visa to return, you should allow plenty of time for visa processing as interview wait times are expected to increase significantly. You can review the appointment and processing times at the Department of State’s website.
Note: this is the visa interview waiver program. The visa waiver program is still in place as it has been.
Hiring an attorneyIf you'd like to speak with an experienced immigration attorney on how the order may apply to your specific situation, contact us. We'll work with the IU Office of General Councel to refer you to an attorney.
For citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen
In addition to the information below, you might want to read the travel advisory issued by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Ban on entry to the U.S.
The executive order bans entry for at least 90 days from January 27 for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. If you are from one of these countries, you can stay in the U.S. provided you maintain your current immigration status.
Travel outside the U.S.
We strongly recommend that you not travel to any country outside of the U.S. at this time. If you do, you will not be able to reenter the country, at least until the ban on entry to the U.S. is lifted.
U.S. permanent residentsU.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have broad discretion and authority to question an individual regardless of country of origin or nationality. Although we have received word that U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents should not be affected by this order (read the DHS statement), we recommend against travel unless necessary.
Naturalized citizens and dual citizens
DHS has indicated that you should be able to travel without issue if the U.S. visa is in your non-banned passport. However, we cannot guarantee that you will not have additional delays during transit, and thus we would remind you to proceed with caution.