Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources


Travel BanOn March 6, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13780, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." EO 13780 includes a revised 90-day entry ban on citizens of six nations in the Middle East and Africa, which was set to become effective on March 16, 2017. However, two U.S. District Courts (Hawaii and Maryland) have issued orders that currently prevent the Government from enforcing that ban. The Government is challenging those orders, and the situation remains fluid. NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to, implementation of, and challenges to the executive order, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

NAFSA Statements

FAQ on Immigration Benefits

NAFSA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about resources that can assist you in understanding and responding to recent and future changes to immigration benefits.

View the frequently asked questions

Travel Advisory

NAFSA has updated its travel advisory on President Trump's March 6, 2017 Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States," and provides links to vital resources to help you stay up-to-date and informed.

Read the advisory

Executive Order Litigation

Court orders from two U.S. District Courts (Maryland and Hawai'i) temporarily prevent the Government from enforcing the Section 2(c) 90-day entry bar of Executive Order 13780. The Hawai'i Court's preliminary injunction prevents enforcement of all of Section 2 of the executive order, which includes a block on the prospective "indefinite" entry bar of Section 2(e) as well. The Government has already appealed both the Maryland and Hawai'i orders. Other sections of Executive Order 13780 that are not enjoined by court order became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on March 16, 2017. A hearing on the Maryland case appeal to the Fourth Circuit was held on May 8, 2017. A hearing on the Hawai'i case appeal to the Ninth Circuit will be held on May 15, 2017. See NAFSA's Executive Order Litigation Updates to stay current.

Updates on Executive Order litigation

Executive Action Summaries and Links

Executive actions, also called presidential actions, are actions that are taken by the President of the United States, usually through the following vehicles: Executive Orders; Presidential Proclamations; and Presidential Memoranda. NAFSA keeps track of certain executive actions related to immigration, under the current administration.

Read the executive action summary page


From the Community

Tips and information from NAFSA's blog to assist advisers working to help students, scholars, faculty, and staff impacted by the executive orders.