International Student Services

March 6, 2017

New White House Executive Order, Travel Advisory

The White House released a new executive order March 6, 2017.

The UW Office of Global Affairs provides updated information and resources for UW community members.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce updated her statement of support for international student and scholars.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has provided a thorough summary of the March 6 executive order:

The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017. 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.

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
Yemen

An Executive Order FAQ states,

“Per the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, who are outside the United States and who did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on the effective date of this order are not eligible to enter the United States while the temporary suspension remains in effect. Thus 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 entry.”

Based on a preliminary reading of the new Executive Order and a DHS FAQ and Fact Sheet, the new entry bar will not apply to the following individuals who are citizens or nationals of one of the 6 countries:

  • U.S. lawful permanent residents in possession of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or temporary I-551 stamp
  • Nonimmigrants who are in the United States in lawful status on March 16, 2017
  • Holders of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that was either:
    Approved prior to 5:00 eastern standard time January 27, 2017, or
    Is valid as of March 16, 2017
  • Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are always considered U.S. citizenz
  • 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

Individuals who are citizens of one of the 6 countries who do not fall within one of the above-listed exceptions, would be subject to the new entry bar.

There are still some important unanswered questions, though, including:

  • Will nonimmigrants be able to renew a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification as a nonimmigrant visa that has expired or will soon expire, and thereafter reenter the United States in that same nonimmigrant classification?
  • Will beneficiaries of an approved I-539 change of status application be able to obtain a new nonimmigrant visa in the classification to which their nonimmigrant status has been changed under 8 CFR Part 248, and thereafter reenter the United States in the new nonimmigrant classification?Between March 6, 2017 and March 16, 2017, the status of the prior Executive Order 13769 should continue to control.

The Department of Homeland Security has published a thorough Question & Answer Resource. Questions 24 and 25 specifically address international students in F and J status.

February 19, 2017

Memos published late Saturday night by the Department of Homeland Security clarified procedures for detaining and removing undocumented individuals. The memos are drafts and under review, so there may be changes made. Our reading of the guidelines does not indicate changes for students in F-1 and J-1 status. However, with the increased focus on documented status, we emphasize that it is vital that you carry your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94 to show you were properly inspected at a border and have permission to study in the U.S. This is especially important if you are traveling internationally or in a U.S. state near the Mexican or Canadian borders. Immigration checkpoints can be as far as 100 miles inside the U.S.

There are also changes to advance parole and asylum, so if you have those, or are applying for either, please consult your attorney as soon as you can.

February 6, 2017

Read UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s statement, Standing Together. President Cauce addresses recent events in the U.S. and the importance of “critical thinking, evidence-based argument, reasoned dialogue and the free and open exchange of ideas.” She goes on to say “No matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, where or whether you worship, or any other aspect of your identity, we welcome your contributions to helping the University of Washington maintain it’s commitment to access and excellence, to building a better and more equitable future, and creating a world of good.”

January 31, 2017: Resources for individuals impacted by the travel ban.

UW Resources:

Office of Global Affairs – International Emergency Assistance (UW students, faculty, staff, and program directors)
UW Counseling Services
Let’s Talk (informal consultation and support with experienced counselors)
UW Campus Safety
Student Legal Services
Tips for Finding a Lawyer
International Scholars Operations (resources for visiting UW faculty and academic personnel)

Regional/National Legal and Information Resources:

American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Civil Liberties Union
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office
NAFSA: Association of International Educators Resources

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

January 19, 2017, UW President Ana Mari Cauce posted a statement supporting international scholars and students. The University of Washington is proud of our community of students, staff, and scholars from around the world. Both President Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty are “committed to providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.”

International students are an important part of the UW community. The ISS advising team is committed to providing assistance and support to our international student community. Drop-in advising is available 10 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday, you can call or email your International Student Advisor directly, or you can contact the office at 206-221-7857 or email uwiss@uw.edu with any questions or concerns.