Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources

 

Travel BanOn September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country.

The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. However, preliminary injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland currently block enforcement of the bars on citizens of the following countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, but only if they can establish that they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Individuals from those countries who cannot establish such ties are now subject to the bar on entry.The bars on North Korea and Venezuela were not included in the preliminary injunctions, and remain in effect. See NAFSA's Travel Ban Litigation Updates page for details.  

Read the Proclamation

This is a new exercise of authority under Executive Order 13780. The prior 90-day entry ban under Section 2(c) expired on Sunday, September 24, 2017, except for the portion relating to refugees, which expires on October, 24, 2017. The current "list of 8" comprises five of the six countries that had been included in the prior 90-day entry ban (Sudan was removed), and three new countries: Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.

The situation remains fluid. NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to, implementation of, and challenges to the Proclamation, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

Travel Advisory

NAFSA has updated its travel advisory on the Proclamation 9645 Entry Ban, to help you stay up-to-date and informed. However, preliminary injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland currently block enforcement of the bars on citizens of the following countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, but only if they can establish that they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Individuals from those countries who cannot establish such ties are now subject to the bar on entry.The bars on North Korea and Venezuela were not included in the preliminary injunctions, and remain in effect. See NAFSA's Travel Ban Litigation Updates page for details.  

Read NAFSA's Section 2(e) Entry Ban Advisory

NAFSA Statements

Statements on September 25, 2017 Proclamation  

Statements on Prior 90-Day Travel Ban

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  

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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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.