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Changes in Immigration Policy

On January 27, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending entry into the United States for 90 days for immigrants and non-immigrants (F/J Visa) from seven countries “of particular concern”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen. The impact of this order has been immediate for students, staff, and faculty alike.

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) that temporarily prohibits the Federal government from enforcing the above-mentioned travel ban.  This TRO was subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but further litigation is expected.

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017 for a period of 90 days.

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on the revised entry ban, preventing the Government from enforcing it. NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to, implementation of, and challenges to the executive order. Several other states also filed or joined legal challenges against the new travel ban order, including Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia, California, New York, Oregon, and Massachusetts.

Travel Advisory

ESF advises all students, faculty and staff from any of the six countries affected by the revised Executive Order to avoid leaving the U.S. All students, faculty and staff are further advised to suspend travel plans to any of the six affected countries. All other students should continue to check in with the Office of International Education prior to traveling as normal.

Frequently Asked Questions:

International Student & Scholar Advising and Study Abroad Inquiries

Thomas Carter
Coordinator of International Education
Office of International Education, OIE@esf.edu
110 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210