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Recent Immigration Actions and Policies

The University is actively monitoring developments related to 2017 Executive Orders and other governmental actions that affect our international community. For up-to-date details on various announcements and policies, along with University and community resources, visit the Office for Global Engagement’s immigration updates page.

Below is some guidance on our practices and emerging resources.

Information Sessions

The Office for Global Engagement and the International Services Office (ISO) have recently held information sessions regarding the January 27 Executive Order. Please access recorded materials and handouts  from those events. Additionally, our events page will post details on upcoming presentations and opportunities for community engagement.

ISO Summaries: Executive Orders & Other Actions

ISO has created PDF handouts outlining important details of recent Executive Orders on immigration policy and other actions that could impact our international community.

  • EO 13767—Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
  • EO 13768—Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  • EO 13769—Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (revoked 3/16/17)
  • EO 13780—Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (replacement)
  • EO 13788—Buy American and Hire American
  • Memo 9/5/2017 - Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

ISO Sponsorship Practices

An Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017 (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States #13769) indicates that individuals from designated countries will not be permitted to obtain a visa, admission to the United States, or immigration benefits for at least 90 days. Those countries currently include:

  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

With considerable uncertainty about how various government agencies will interpret and enforce this and other orders, the University will continue to issue documentation for visas and program eligibility for all foreign nationals under our sponsorship. This includes Certificates of Eligibility (Forms I-20, DS-2019, etc.) for admitted students and qualified scholars.

The University will also support filings and recommendations for program benefits in accordance with F-1, J-1, H-1B, O-1 and TN regulations, including requests for employment authorizations or change of status.

Note: Applicants will still be subject to the current requirements and determinations of these government agencies. It may prove difficult, even with University support, for individuals from impacted countries to obtain a visa, enter the country, or receive approval of immigration benefits.

ISO staff will continue to offer guidance and assistance to interested individuals who may want to pursue their regulatory options. Please contact us.

Submit Questions or Concerns

The recent government actions regarding US immigration policy, and additional orders or policies that could take effect in the coming months, have created confusion and uncertainty for our international populations.

To share your questions or concerns with ISO staff, complete our submission form. This information will be used to schedule follow-up advising appointments or to prepare for various information sessions. We are here to help!

External Resources

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Department of Homeland Security

Department of State

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

US Customs and Border Protection

Other Government Information