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Recent Immigration Actions & Policies

The University is actively monitoring developments related to 2017 Executive Orders and other governmental actions that impact our international community. For up-to-date details on the impact of various announcements and policy, along with UR and community resources, please visit the Global Engagement Immigration Updates page. The information shared below provides some guidance on ISO practices and emerging resources.

Information Sessions

The Office of Global Engagement and the International Services Office have recently held information sessions regarding the January 27th 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

The ISO has created brief descriptions outlining important details of recent Executive Orders on immigration policy and other actions that 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)

Statement on ISO sponsorship practices

In light of recent Executive Orders and other administrative actions, there is the appearance of greater scrutiny and increased anxiety among international students, scholars, and employees. With considerable uncertainty about how various government agencies may interpret and enforce such policies, the University will continue to issue documentation for visa 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.  It is important to note that applicants will still be subject to the current requirements and determinations of these government agencies. It may prove difficult, even with UR 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!

Questions & 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. If you would like to share your questions or concerns with ISO staff, please use 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!

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