International Student Services

March 18, 2017

Latest Court Rulings on Travel Ban

March 17, 2017

The U.S. State Department is the government agency that issues visas. Because the March 6 Executive Order 13780 has been blocked by law courts, the State Department has said they are continuing to issue visas to citizens of the 6 affected countries. Read the State Department announcement.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has provided a brief summary of the U.S. District Court updates affecting Executive Order 13780:

On March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order.

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017.

Other sections of Executive Order 13780 that are not enjoined by court order became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on March 16, 2017.

We are still advising students to carefully consider their international travel during this uncertain time, to ensure they are carrying all their correct and valid documents, and to prepare for more potential delays than usual at consular posts and with Customs and Border Protection.

For a history of the previous executive order and legal challenges, see our previous posts.