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.

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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 Government appealed both the Maryland (Fourth Circuit) and Hawai'i (Ninth Circuit) orders, but both Circuit Courts have upheld the injunction on the 90-day entry bar. On June 1, 2017, the Department of Justice appealed both the Fourth and the Ninth Circuit rulings to the Supreme Court. On June 12, 2017 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the portion of the Hawai'i District Court's preliminary injunction that blocks the Section 2(c) 90-day travel ban, but ruled that the District Court erred in blocking all of Section 2.

  • In its decision, the Ninth Circuit upheld the injunction on the Section 2(c) 90-day travel ban, but reversed the portion of the injunction that had also blocked the Section 2 study that could lead to an indefinite entry bar for some countries under Section 2(e) of the executive order.
  • See NAFSA's advisory on Section 2(e), which has now been unblocked by the the Ninth Circuit's June 12, 2017 decision.

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.

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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.