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.
On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive order 13780, restricting entry to the United State for the nationals of eight countries including Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed the preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked travel ban 3.0. For up to date travel guidance, please review: Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order.
ESF advises all students, faculty and staff from any of the 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 affected countries. All other students should continue to check in with the Office of International Education prior to traveling as normal.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How will ESF continue to update campus on developments regarding the Executive Order?
- The Office of International Education will serve as the center for all information and questions pertaining to the Executive Order. If you find yourself affected in any way, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 315-470-6691 or stop into the Office of International Education located at 110 Bray Hall. All international students should continue to review their OIE Newsletter on a weekly basis, and if there are any individual concerns they should reach to the Office of International Education for individual advisement. All other students, faculty, and staff, are advised to reach out to the Office of International Education if they find themselves impacted by the Executive Order as well.
- Is there any general advice to offer international students at this time?
- International students are always encouraged to remain in close contact with the Office of International Education. We also advise international students to review the supplemental International Student Travel FAQ available here or in 110 Bray Hall. Students should continue to monitor their “@syr.edu” email addresses and consult with the Office of International Education on any foreign or domestic travel concerns.
- Are there any online resources available for more information?
- In addition to the Office of International Education, SUNY has also established a website to provide students and their families with resources and the most current information as it become available. We encourage you to review this website for real-time information. Some additional sites that can be of use include:
- What additional resources can you provide on rights when traveling?
- ACLU: What to Do If You’re Stopped By Law Enforcement
- NILC: Everyone Has Basic Rights No Matter Who is President
- United We Dream: Know Your Rights; Protect Yourself Against Immigration Raids
- Know Your Rights info: https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards
- Safety Planning: http://michiganimmigrant.org/resources/library
- AILA: Practice Alert: What to Do If Clients are Asked to Relinquish Their Green Cards and Sign Form I-407, Abandonment of LPR Status
International Student & Scholar Advising and Study Abroad Inquiries
Coordinator of International Education
Office of International Education, OIE@esf.edu
110 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210