On March 6, 2017 a new executive order was signed by the president, restricting certain travel and immigration to the United States for an initial time period. On March 16, 2017, Executive Order 13769 from January 27, 2017 will be revoked and replaced with this order. International Place has assembled resources to help navigate this information. Below you will find excerpts from, and links to, U.S. government source documentation, as well as guidance from entities specializing in immigration-related issues. This page also provides information that you may need, if you experience difficulties at the Port of Entry. This content is meant to provide general information, and does not constitute legal advice. We encourage our students and scholars to speak to their International Student Advisor, and/or the contact person listed below for your institution, with any questions or concerns.
U.S. Government Source Documentation
- DHS Fact Sheet and the DHS Question and Answer on the Executive Order
- Students and exchange visitors: Please see questions 24 and 25 pertaining to international students
- Presidential Executive Order: “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States”
Guidance and Analysis
NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
NAFSA has prepared a summary of the March 6 executive order. The Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order provides the following guidance:
The new executive order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the executive order was signed). This calculates until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days of the 90-day period.
Section 13 of the new executive also provides that “Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, is revoked as of the effective date of this order.”
The new executive order affects citizens of six of the seven countries that had been selected in the prior 90-day bar. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries in the new executive order.
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
- The following categories of people will not be subject to the new entry bar:
- U.S. lawful permanent residents (holders of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or temporary I-551 stamp)
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are always considered U.S. citizens)
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and another country not on the list of 6, who will enter the United States on the basis of a valid passport issued by the country not on the list of 6
- Any individual who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the executive order is not barred from seeking entry.
- The following nonimmigrants: NATO nonimmigrants, C-2 travelers to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 nonimmigrants (working for an international organization)
- Asylees or refugee status
- Individuals who have been granted –
- withholding of removal,
- advance parole, or
- protection under the Convention Against Torture
Department of Homeland Security
DHS issued a Q&A document on March 6 providing the following information:
- Q1. Who is subject to the suspension of entry under the Executive Order?
- Q13. When will the Executive Order be implemented?
- Pertaining to students in the F, M, or J immigration status, the Q & A states:
- Q24. Are international students, exchange visitors, and their dependents from the six countries (such as F, M, or J visa holders) included in the Executive Order? What kind of guidance is being given to foreign students from these countries legally in the United States?
- Q25. What happens to international students, exchange visitors or their dependents from the six countries, such as F, M or J visa holders if their visa expires while the Executive Order is in place and they have to depart the country?
American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Practice Alert: DHS and DOS Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban [regularly updated, formerly referred to as a Travel Alert and Breaking Update]
At The Port of Entry
What To Do If You Are Mistreated At The Border
Any person, citizen or not, who feels that they have been mistreated at a border crossing/port of entry, is eligible to make a report. Your International Student Advisor can assist you with this. To make the report, the following information will be needed:
- Date and time of incident
- Port of Entry (i.e. San Francisco, Los Angeles)
- Method of entry (car, plane, foot, etc)
- Officer name and badge number (ask for these at the end of your interactions if necessary)
- Details about the incident. Be as specific as you can.
You can file your inquirty/comments with the Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program
International Student Advisors who are members of NAFSA can additionally file the same comment wtih IssueNet (requires NAFSA log-in).
We remind our students that there is always the possibility that a traveler will be directed to secondary inspection. If you are directed to secondary inspection, it is helpful to understand the purpose in advance. Please click here to learn more.
Points of Contact at The Claremont Colleges
Claremont Graduate University – Quamina Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Claremont McKenna College – Jessica Alampay (email@example.com)
Harvey Mudd College – Lauren Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keck Graduate Institute – Nusha Shishegar (email@example.com)
Pitzer College – Todd Sasaki (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pomona College – Marilyn White (email@example.com)
Scripps College – Kelly Hogencamp (firstname.lastname@example.org)