Update: Feb 6, 2017
A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) has been granted that temporarily prohibits the enforcement of certain sections of the Executive Order. Please note that this update is "temporary" and can be reversed at any time. Making travel decisions based on this update should be carefully evaluated. Please contact your academic department and your adviser at the Center for Global Services (CGS) before making any decisions regarding travel.
How the TRO is being implemented by government agencies:
- To comply with the TRO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is in charge of inspections at U.S. ports of entry, has resumed inspection of travelers "in accordance with standard policy and procedure." CBP updated its Executive Order FAQs.
Airlines can board individuals who would otherwise be subject to the Executive Order's Section 3(c) entry ban. Individual travelers should contact their airline directly to inquire about any adjustment to the airline's boarding policy as a result of the TRO.
- To comply with the TRO, the Department of State has temporarily lifted its suspension of visa processing, and reversed its directive that revoked the visas of individuals subject to the Section 3(c) entry ban. DOS posted the following notice on the travel.state.gov website
U.S. Embassies will resume issuing visa appointments for nationals of the affected countries.
Provisional revocation of visas from the affected countries is now lifted and the visas are now valid for travel to the U.S.
"USCIS continues to adjudicate applications and petitions filed for or on behalf of individuals in the United States regardless of their country of origin, and applications and petitions of lawful permanent residents outside the U.S. USCIS also continues to adjudicate applications and petitions for individuals outside the U.S. whose approval does not directly confer travel authorization."
For detailed updates, check “Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order”,from NAFSA, Association of International Educators.
CGS continues to be here to support you, and will do our best to keep you informed as and when new information is available.
Feb 3, 2017
Dear International Students, Faculty, and Scholars,
As you are aware, President Trump signed an Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on January 27, 2017. We understand that these actions impact some of our students & scholars significantly. Our office is monitoring all developments based on this Order very closely. Please know that the Center for Global Services and Rutgers stand ready to help in any way we can to support our students and scholars.
RBHS-Newark Students and Scholars please contact CGS-Newark
Rutgers-New Brunswick Students please contact CGS-New Brunswick (180 College Avenue)
Rutgers-New Brunswick Faculty and Scholars please contact CGS-New Brunswick (Liberty Plaza)
We will continue to share more information and updates as we receive them. Check this page regularly for the most recent updates.
Main Provisions of the Order:
- Suspension of visa issuance and U.S. admission to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days from the date of the Order.
All our students, faculty and scholars from the countries listed on the ban are advised not to travel to or out of the country at this time.
If you hold dual citizenship, one of which is from one of the listed countries or if you were born in one of the listed countries, please exercise great caution during travel. While recent guidance suggests that you will be allowed to enter the U.S. if you show valid documentation from an unrestricted country (e.g. show Canadian passport but may hold Iranian passport as well, or was born in Iran). Given that the interpretations based on this Order have been subject to many changes and may change again, we still recommend refraining from travel in these circumstances unless absolutely necessary. In case one must travel, please discuss this with your International Student Adviser and be prepared for extra scrutiny.
All international students, faculty and scholars should keep their original immigration documents with them even if they are traveling within the country. If you are a non-U.S. citizen in the U.S. please make sure you continue to follow all regulations pertaining to your legal status.
- Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Process, which is expected to lead to delays in visa processing worldwide. For now there will be no longer be any kind of mail-in or drop-off service available to get or renew US visas. We cannot predict what the wait times to get a new visa will now be, so we advise that you plan ahead as much as possible and check the consulate where you intend to get your visa on current wait times.
- A 120-day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).
- An indefinite suspension of the processing of refugee applications from Syria.
- Review of all visa policies and processes including Visa Reciprocity.
· Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic (973-353-5292)
Other Useful Resources:
· “Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order” from NAFSA, Association of International Educators, updated regularly
· Full text of Executive Order