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OIS NEWS - 03/16/2017

Executive Order on Travel & Immigration: Information & Resources

On March 6, 2017 the White House announced a new Executive Order on travel and immigration which, among other things, reinstates the 90-day travel restrictions on nationals from six countries. The Office of International Services (OIS) continues to analyze the potential impact of this executive order on UIC students, faculty, staff and employers and is communicating with stakeholders on a daily basis so as to keep our community as informed as possible. While the immigration landscape surrounding us may be shifting, OIS’ guiding mission of creating a cultural diverse learning and working environment at UIC that is both welcoming and supportive has not changed. It is our hope that the following information and resources can provide some guidance during this confusing and potentially stressful time. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office by phone (312-996-3121), email (ois@uic.edu) or during Open Advising.

3/16/2017 UPDATE - U.S. District Courts block March 6, 2017 Executive Order (EO) on travel and immigration

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing EO 13780’s 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry ban, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing EO 13780’s 90-day entry bar but not the 120-day refugee admission.

 

While encouraged by these temporary halts to the EO’s restriction on travel to the U.S. for nationals of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, the Office of International Services (OIS) continues to advise UIC students, scholars, and employees from these six countries to consult with OIS prior to making arrangements for international travel. Additionally, any member of the UIC international community with questions about the EO should feel free to contact us by phone (312-996-3121), email (ois@uic.edu) or during Open Advising.

 

 

3/6/2017 UPDATE - Notable points from the March 6, 2017 Executive Order (EO) on travel and immigration

Lines in italics are OIS annotations

  • Entry into the United States by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen is suspended for 90 days from the 12:01 am (EST), March 16, 2017 effective date.
  • The EO applies to the nationals of the six countries who:
    • are outside the United States on the March 16, 2017 effective date;
    • did not have a valid visa at 5:00 p.m., eastern standard time on January 27, 2017; and
    • do not have a valid visa as of the March 16, 2017 effective date.
      • The visa is the stamp in the passport issued by a United States consulate overseas.
  • The EO provides certain exemptions. A few are listed below:

o   any lawful permanent resident of the United States;

  • Permanent residents are often referred to as "green card holders."

o   any foreign national who is admitted to or paroled into the United States on or after the effective date of this order;

  • This line refers to someone holding a "combo card" or advanced parole obtained by filing a Form I-485.

o   any dual national of a country designated under section 2 of this order when the individual is traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country;

  • For example, a Canadian national who also holds a passport from one of the six countries named in the EO.

o   any foreign national who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture…

  • Iraq has been removed from the original list, but is still subjected to additional, discretionary border inspection.
  • United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and consular officials may grant a waiver of this EO to foreign nationals on a case-by-case basis, especially if one can prove they have been previously admitted to the United States for a “continuous period of work, study…” or have another significant reason to reenter the United States.
    • Details regarding the appropriate circumstances for such waivers are listed in the EO.
  • There are several details listed regarding the status of refugees; the program will be suspended for 120 days.
  • The “Visa Interview Waiver Program” has been suspended for all non-diplomats, meaning that all visa applicants must have an in-person interview.
    • This will slow down visa application times at many consulates which previously allowed interview waivers.

Reminders

  • Members of the UIC international community are encouraged to:
    • Contact the Office of International Services regarding any concerns you may have about how the EO could impact your immigration status at UIC. Advisors can be reached by email (ois@uic.edu), phone (312-996-3121) or during Open Advising.
    • Maintain valid visa status and carry printed copies of your immigration documentation. Within the context of January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements it is also advised to abide by all laws of the United States.
    • Contact the Office of International Services prior to international travel to review necessary documentation and current guidance for successful travel.

External resources for further education

  • Full text of the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fact Sheet and Q&A on the Executive Order
  • Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits

Additional internal resources for UIC students, scholars, faculty, and staff