On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration put into affect a third version of the travel ban to remain in place indefinitely. Please note that we don't expect the ban to affect international students traveling on an F-1 visa. Currently the only country impacted by a ban on all visa types (including F-1) is North Korea. Challenges to the travel ban continue to make their way through the court system and is expected to come before the U.S. Supreme Court. To learn more about the travel ban and which countries are affected, please visit the Department of State website.
On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow part of the 90-day travel ban to go into effect for individuals from 6 countries (Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen). However, there is an important exception made by the court, stating that individuals with a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” will not be impacted the ban.
This means that the ban should not impact current international students from the 6 countries listed above. In addition, future students (from the 6 countries) that have admission to a U.S. college or university should not be impacted and are eligible to apply for an F-1 visa as usual.
Please note that the situation may change as new legal actions or policies may occur. C.I.E. will continue to monitor changes and update you as new information becomes available.
*UPDATE: 05/25/2017 and 06/12/2017*
Current Status of the Section 2(c) 90-day Travel Ban: Remains Blocked by Court Order
On March 15, 2017, a federal judge issued a ruling that stops the implementation of the March 6th Executive Order banning entry of nationals from six countries (Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen). Specifically, the judge's ruling affects section 2 of the executive order which means the government will continue to issue visas and allow nationals of the six countries to enter the U.S. The other section affected by the judge's ruling is section 6 which impacts refugees.
Additional developments may occur as this issue winds its way through the U.S. legal system. Please be sure to meet with a CIE advisor prior to planning any out-of-country travel for the latest information.
On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order restricting travel and visa issuance from certain countries. The new order will go into effect on March 16, 2017 and will last 90 days. The order calls for an additional ban on refugee asylum which will last for 120 days.
There are key differences between the previous executive order and the revised version signed on March 6th. The points that pertain specifically to international students are outline below:
The new executive order only applies to students that are nationals or citizens of the six countries listed above. There have been no changes in travel or visa renewal requirements for students that are not from one of these countries. However, we continue to recommend that ALL students carry the following documents with them whenever they travel outside the U.S.:
If you are planning to return home or travel, we encourage you to stop by the Center for International Education (DSSC 322) to speak with an advisor prior to leaving the U.S. Our office will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as new developments occur.