Center for Global Services
Important Notices for Students

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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:

In other important news, USCIS released this statement about applications that they are processing:

"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.

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns. Your advisers at the Center for Global Services are available to assist you as promptly and effectively as possible.

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:

Please note, this ban does NOT apply for those traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas.

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.

Rutgers Resources:

·         Message from the University President

·         Message from the Vice President of International and Global Affairs

·         Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic (973-353-5292)

·         Office of Student Legal Services

·         GAIA Centers, especially the Center for Global Services

·         Division of Student Affairs

·         Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

·         Graduate School-New Brunswick

·         Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

·         Rutgers Student Health CAPS

 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

·         U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) FAQs on the Executive Order