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Information and Resources Related to Executive Order on Immigration


As a new administration comes in to the Executive Branch of our government, we are likely to see policy changes that may affect our internatioanl community and raise questions or concerns from our students and scholars.  The International Students and Scholars Office has created this page to provide updates and resources to Clark students and scholars.


We will continue to update this page as legal challenges happen and we learn more about how U.S. government agencies are applying this Executive Order.


Currently, the countries affected by this Executive Order as Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


June 26, 2017 - The United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to President Trump's travel ban in October.  In doing so, the Court allowed portions of the travel ban to go into effect until their decision is announced in late Fall.  The court said that the ban affects "foreign nationals who lack any bone fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."  Clark students and scholars who already have visas should not be affected. Students and scholars in the process of applying for a visa should also be unaffected becuase they have a specific, established relationship to Clark University. 

However, if you are a Clark University student or scholar from one of the six countries affected by the travel ban and you are currently inside the United States, the International Students and Scholars Office advises that you not travel out of the U.S. at this time.


March 29, 2017 - the U.S. District Court in Hawaii converted its TRO into a preliminary injunction that will continue to block enforcement of the entry ban.  The U.S. Government has appealed this court order and legal challenges are ongoing.


March 16, 2017 - A U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the Government from enforcing the entry ban.


March 15, 2017 - A U.S District Court in Hawaii placed a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the March 6 Executive Order that prohibits the Government from enforcing the entry ban.


Monday, March 6, 2017 - President Trump signed Executive Order 13780 - a revised version of the Executive Order that was issued on January 27.  This Executive Order directly affects students from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  The EO places a 90-day ban on entry into the United States from these 6 countries.  ISSO continues to advise that anyone from these six countries refrain from international travel to the extent possible at this point. 

The entry ban applies to people who:

1) are outside of the United States on or after March 16,

2) Did not have a valid visa at 5:00 PM EST on January 27, and

3) Did not have a valid visa on March 16.

The entry ban does not apply to Lawful Permanent Residents, valid U.S. visa holders, dual citizens who present a passport from a country not on the list, and people who have an Advanced Parole document that was valid on or after March 16.

This Executive Order allows the use of case-by-case discretionary waivers of the Department of State (for visa issuance) and the Department of Homeland Security (for entry).

The Executive Order suspends the Department of States ability to waive the in-person visa interview requirement for certain applicants for non-immgrant visas. This will likely result in longer wait times for visa appointments at US Embassies and Consulates abroad.  Students and scholars should plan accordingly if they are traveling outside of the US and will need to get a new F-1 or J-1 visa in order to return to Clark in the Fall semester. 

The Executive Order is scheduled to go into effect at 12:01am, Eastern Daylight time on March 16, 2017.  This order rescinds Executive Order 13769 that was signed on January 27.


Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) initially issued by the U.S. District Court in Washington state, which means that the Federal goverment continues to be prohibited from enforcing certain sections of the Executive Order.  This situation is very fluid and legal challenges are ongoing. Advice remains to limit international travel to only what is absolutely necessary, especially for individuals who are from the seven listed countries.


Friday, February 3, 2017 - the U.S. District Court in Washington state granted a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the Federal government from enforcing certain sections of the Executive Order.  Effectively, this means that the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security are issuing visas and allowing entry into the United States for qualified individuals from the 7 listed countries.  


Friday, January 27, 2017 - President Trump signed Executive Order 13769 that directly affects Clark University international students and scholars.  While Clark University condemns this Executive Order as unwelcome and counter-productive, ISSO has the responsibility to help Clark's international students and community understand what the order does and does not allow them to do.



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Questions about this?

Please contact Patricia Doherty or Amanda Connolly in the International Students and Scholars Office.