As the primary center for immigration advising and expertise for the UIC international community, the Office of International Services (OIS) continuously monitors changes to the U.S. immigration system with the goal of keeping our community as informed and supported as possible. While currently it feels as though the immigration landscape surrounding us may be shifting, sometimes on a daily basis, OIS' guiding mission of creating a culturally 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 regarding the Executive Orders on travel and immigration can provide our community with 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 (email@example.com), 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or during Open
3/6/2017 UPDATE - Notable points from the March 6, 2017
Executive Order (EO) on travel and immigration
Lines in italics are
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
- The EO
applies to the nationals of the six countries who:
outside the United States on the March 16, 2017 effective date;
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.
visa is the stamp in the passport issued by a United States consulate
- The EO
provides certain exemptions. A few are listed below:
any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
- Permanent residents are often referred to as "green card holders."
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.
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.
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…
has been removed from the original list, but is still subjected to
additional, discretionary border inspection.
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.
are several details listed regarding the status of refugees; the program
will be suspended for 120 days.
“Visa Interview Waiver Program” has been suspended for all non-diplomats,
meaning that all visa applicants must have an in-person interview.
will slow down visa application times at many consulates which previously
allowed interview waivers.
- 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 (email@example.com), 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
- Contact the Office of
International Services prior to international travel to review necessary
documentation and current guidance for successful travel.
for further education
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
Memorandum on Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting
of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits
resources for UIC students, scholars, faculty, and staff