Questions about the new Executive Order regarding Immigration?

 
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On March 15th, 2017, a Hawaiian court has granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) for Executive Order 19780, the revised “Travel Ban.” Because this TRO is in place, citizens of the 6 listed countries are eligible to apply for a US visa and be admitted to the United States. Executive Order 19780 is not in effect and cannot be enforced. A court hearing will be scheduled for a future date in order to make a final decision on this Executive Order. Please continue to check our website for updates as this situation remains fluid.
 
As we’ve recently witnessed, immigration rules can change overnight. While UNT’s International Student and Scholar Services office is dedicated to staying up to date with any changes, it is important for you to know where you can go to get the facts.  Please see our tips and list of resources below.
 

TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR NATIONALS OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER:
Nonimmigrants from six countries have had their entry permissions suspended for at least 90 days effective March 16th unless the foreign national holds a currently valid visa issued prior to 5 p.m. EST January 27th, 2017 and is valid on the effective date of March 16th. These countries are currently: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, are not a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident, and do not have a valid multiple entry visa stamp, we recommend that you do not leave the United States at this time. If you are a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident and a citizen of one of these six countries, the new Executive Order does not prohibit you from re-entering the United States. However, if you have concerns about re-entering, we urge you to contact a trusted immigration attorney.

DURATION OF THE BAN:
Currently, the duration of the ban is set to 90 days. However, please note that the ban is not automatically lifted after the initial 90 day period. The Executive Order has set out specific requirements to be met prior to the ban being lifted. If those requirements are not met to the satisfaction of the U.S. President, it is possible that the ban could be extended or expanded.

VISA ISSUANCE:
If you are from one of the listed six countries, you are not eligible to apply for a visa stamp at this time. If you have already applied and your visa interview is scheduled, please check the Department of State website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/important-announcement.html for updates and information regarding waivers. If you are not from one of the listed six countries, please be aware that this Executive Order also eliminates the visa interview waiver program. Expect visa wait times to be longer than usual.

WHO CAN HELP ME?
UNT’S International Student and Scholar Services Office is dedicated to providing as much information as possible. For questions regarding U.S. legal permanent residence or if you are a dual citizen, please reach out to a trusted immigration attorney. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a good place to find licensed immigration attorneys. Their website is www.aila.org. If an attorney is a member of AILA that is a good way of knowing that they are a reputable source for information.  Up to date information can also be found at www.nafsa.org. NAFSA is the Association of International Educators and works in the interest of international students and scholars. Also remember that you can and should go straight to the source- check government websites such as www.whitehouse.gov, www.dhs.gov, https://travel.state.gov, and www.cbp.gov for updates. As tempting as checking immigration blogs may be to find quick and easy answers, those blogs can be full of misinformation.

Updated 03/14/2017.
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Announcement from 02/06/2017:

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is currently in place which removes the ban for the seven countries impacted by the Executive Order 13769. This TRO could be removed at any time which would mean the travel ban is reinstated. 

As of 2/6/2017, individuals with a valid visa and other required documents for entry, regardless of their nationality, can enter the United States. Please read the update about the provisional visa revocation HERE.  The TRO does not impact the Executive Order's removal of the Visa Interview Waiver Program. Please note that wait times for visa issuance and renewals will most likely be longer than normal for everyone. The current situation regarding Executive Order 13769 is fluid. If you have plans to travel and are from one of the 7 countries impacted by the order, it is recommended that you seek legal counsel before traveling internationally. 

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Announcement from 01/31/2017:
 
TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR NATIONALS OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER:

Both immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries have had their entry permissions suspended for at least 90 days “except 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.” These countries are currently: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. If you are a citizen of one of these countries and are not a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident, we recommend that you do not leave the United States at this time. If you are a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident and a citizen of one of these seven countries, we urge you to seek advice from a trusted immigration attorney prior to departing the United States as a general exception may have been made in your case.

DURATION OF THE BAN:
Currently, the duration of the ban is set to 90 days. However, please note that the ban is not automatically lifted after the initial 90 day period. The Executive Order has set out specific requirements to be met prior to the ban being lifted. If those requirements are not met to the satisfaction of the U.S. President, it is possible that the ban could be extended.

VISA ISSUANCE:
If you are from one of the listed seven countries, you are not eligible to apply for a visa stamp at this time. If you have already applied and your visa interview is scheduled, do not attend. You will not be permitted to enter the U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are not from one of the listed seven countries, please be aware that this Executive Order also eliminates the visa interview waiver program. Expect visa wait times to be longer than usual.

WHO CAN HELP ME?
UNT’s International Student and Scholar Services office is dedicated to providing as much information as possible. For questions regarding U.S. legal permanent residence or if you are a dual citizen, please reach out to a trusted immigration attorney. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a good place to find licensed immigration attorneys. Their website is www.aila.org. If an attorney is a member of AILA that is a good way of knowing that they are a reputable source for information.  Up to date information can also be found at www.nafsa.org. NAFSA is the Association of International Educators and works in the interest of international students and scholars. Also remember that you can and should go straight to the source- check government websites such as www.dhs.gov, https://travel.state.gov, and www.cbp.gov for updates. As tempting as checking immigration blogs may be to find quick and easy answers, those blogs can be full of misinformation.