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International Travel and the Recent Executive Order


UPDATE: President Trump Signs New Travel Executive Order Effective March 16, 2017
Posted March 7, 2017

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States.” This Executive Order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 16, 2017, and impacts certain individuals seeking entry to the U.S. who are from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The Executive Order does not apply to individuals who are within the United States on the effective date of the Order or to those individuals who hold a valid visa.

Background

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals.” Section 3 of that Executive Order sought to "suspend entry into the United States" of both nonimmigrants and immigrants from at least 7 countries, for 90 days from the date the Executive Order was signed, except for those traveling on diplomatic visas, NATO visas, and C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations. Thereafter, on February 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State “reversed the provisional revocation of visas” under President Donald Trump’s original January 27 Executive Order.

Who is Affected?

This Executive Order impacts certain individuals seeking entry to the U.S. who are from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

The Executive Order does not apply to individuals who are within the United States on the effective date of the Order or to those individuals who hold a valid visa.

Action Items

International students and scholars from the six affected countries or traveling to these countries are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from an OIE advisor prior to international travel.

All travelers should expect increased scrutiny while passing through customs and immigration, including the possibility of being asked to undergo additional screening measures on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Information & Resources

Please be aware that there may be future changes to interpretation and/or implementation of this Executive Order. You can follow any changes on the government websites listed below.

DHS Q&A:
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/qa-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

DHS fact sheet:
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/fact-sheet-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

Full text of the Executive Order:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

Department of State:
https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/news/executive-order-on-protecting-the-nation-from-terrorist-attacks-by-foreign-nationals.html