On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order restricting entry into the United States of both immigrants and non-immigrants from seven nations in the Middle East and Africa. The impact of this order has been immediate for international educators worldwide. NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to and implementation of the 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 Executive Director and CEO Esther D. Brimmer responded to President Trump's executive order banning U.S. entry of thoroughly-vetted refugees and citizens of seven nations in the Middle East and Africa by calling it "simply inconceivable." On February 10, she commended the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal's unanimous decision rejecting the administration's request to reinstate challenged portions of the executive order as "another reminder of why America has a strong system of checks and balances."
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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.
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NAFSA has issued a travel advisory on President Trump's "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals" executive order and provided links to vital resources to help you stay up-to-date and informed. Updated February 20, 2017: Prospects of a new Executive Order entry bar
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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.
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From the Community
Dan Berger, a partner at the Massachusetts law firm of Curran & Berger and regulatory practice coordinator for NAFSA's Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services, provides tips for advisers on navigating advising students, scholars, faculty, and staff impacted by the executive order.
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