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

Also be aware of the following provisions of Executive Order 13780 that have not been enjoined by court order, and remain in effect:

Executive Order Litigation

Cases against the Executive Order 13780 Section 2(c) 90-day entry ban have been filed in several U.S. District Courts, including Washington State, Hawai'i, Maryland, and Virginia. Orders from the Maryland and Hawai'i courts currently prevent the Government from enforcing that ban.

  • On March 29, 2017, On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawai'i converted its March 15, 2017 temporary restraining order (which was valid for a maximum of 14 days), into a preliminary injunction, which will continue to block enforcement of all of Section 2, including the Section 2(c) 90-day travel bar and the Section 2(e) prospective indefinite entry bar, as well as the Section 6 120-day refugee admissions bar for the duration of the litigation in the Hawai'i District Court. The Government appealed the decision to convert the TRO to a preliminary injunction, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • On March 16, 2017: The U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, but not the executive order's bar on refugee admissions. The Government appealed the preliminary injunction to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As the Government is challenging these court orders, the situation remains fluid. Stay tuned to NAFSA's "Updates on Executive Order Litigation" page.

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.