US Presidential Executive Orders and Effects on the NYU Global Community

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Executive Order Issued September 24, 2017

The White House announced a new travel ban, which effectively replaces the travel ban it had previously announced earlier this year and went into effect on October 18, 2017 (with the restrictions pursuant to court order, below). There is no end period to this new travel ban. The White House indicated that countries will be removed from this list if and when they meet the requirements the White House has indicated they must meet. The countries included in this order include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

This new travel ban has different impacts on citizens of the listed countries depending on which country you may be a citizen of and with which visa category you are entering the US. This updated travel ban restricts both visa issuance and entry to the US for citizens of the following countries as outlined below.

Please note this travel ban does not impact

  • The status of students or scholars who are already here.
  • The eligibility for benefits for students or scholars who are already here, including CPT, OPT, or Academic Training.

In addition, people who already hold a valid US visa are exempt from the travel ban if the visa was also valid as of the effective date of the proclamation on October 18, 2017.

If you are a student or scholar from one of the listed countries and are planning to travel, please consult with the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative and/or an immigration attorney for advice before you leave the US.

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States kept in place the restrictions and limitations included in this order that lower courts had previously blocked. Details on who is restricted for travel to the US, unless otherwise exempt are as follows:

Country Impact
Chad
  • No immigrant visas
  • No B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 visas
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
Iran
  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry of Iranian nationals under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although these individuals would likely be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
  • Entry under all other nonimmigrant categories is suspended
Libya
  • No immigrant visas
  • Entry as B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 and J-1 students or scholars
North Korea
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a nonimmigrant is suspended for all categories
Somalia
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Visas for nonimmigrants are subject to additional scrutiny
Syria
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a nonimmigrant is suspended for all categories
Venezuela
  • Entry is suspended for Venezuelan nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, but only for officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members.
  • Nationals of Venezuela are not subject to the above suspension would nevertheless likely be subject to additional scrutiny
Yemen
  • Entry as an immigrant is suspended
  • Entry as a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 is suspended
  • No impact on F-1 or J-1 students or scholars
Exemptions and Waivers

US lawful permanent residents, dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-restricted country, foreign nationals who hold a valid US visa or advance parole and those who were physically in the US on October 18 would be exempt.

Those who are not exempt may request a waiver when applying for a visa. For more information on applying for a waiver, please also consult with the Immigrant Defense Initiative.
 

Turkey Visa Processing on a Limited Basis

On October 8, 2017, the US and Turkish governments mutually suspended visa operations at their respective consulates in each country. This is due to a diplomatic issue and is separate from the above travel ban. On November 9, the US consulates in Turkey resumed processing visas on a "very limited basis." For the latest information, please refer to the US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey website.

International Travel for Non-US Citizens or Permanent Residents  

If you are a citizen of one of the listed banned countries, we recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel form if you decide to travel for any reason. If you do not have a valid visa, we advise you to not travel at this time. If you still intend to travel, please consult with the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative before doing so.

If you have dual citizenship of one of the listed banned countries, we advise that if you travel, plan to enter the US with your documents from the country not included on the list. Please note that you will likely face extra scrutiny. We would also recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel form

If you are from a country you are concerned may be included on this order in the future, you may want to contact an immigration attorney if you do plan to travel. We would also recommend you to provide your information to both us and the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative by filling out this international travel form.

If you are an international student from a country that is not on the banned list, you should continue to follow our recommendations on travel. While we have always advised students to follow these recommendations, it is especially prudent now. If you are on post-completion OPT or post-completion Academic Training, please see our Alumni travel page for the list of documents you should carry when reentering the US.

Travel within the US

We advise each person in the US who does not hold US citizenship to carry photocopies of documentation of their valid status and to continue to follow all laws of the United States - criminal and civil.

If you plan to travel within the US outside of the city you live within, we suggest carrying all original identification and travel documents with you.

Visas for Non-US Citizens 

This Order also indicates that all international students and scholars who need a new visa will be required to apply for one in person. There will 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.

For any newly admitted international student who is a citizen of one of the listed banned countries, we can issue an I-20 or DS-2019 if and when you apply for a document from our office. Please contact us if you experience difficulties. If you are also a citizen of a country that is not on the banned list, you should be able to apply for a student visa using that country's passport.

If you are currently in the US at another college or university, you are able to transfer your SEVIS record to us during this time, regardless of your country of citizenship.

Special Information for US Permanent Residents and Travel

Do not sign anything if detained or questioned by immigration officials, especially the form I-407 (for any US Permanent Residents/green card holders in the US). This document is a “Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status.” If you were to sign it, you would no longer be considered a US Permanent Resident nor would you be entitled to any of the benefits that go along with it.

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