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Executive Order Frequently Asked Questions

While the situation remains very fluid, below are some frequently asked questions we have received to date. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates as appropriate.

What is the effective date of the new Executive Order?

The new order becomes effective March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Can I travel outside the U.S.?

Because of the entry restrictions cited in the new Executive Order, we strongly caution individuals who might be affected to defer travel to and from the U.S. until there is fuller assessment of the Executive Order and its implementation. Further information is available from the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

My immigration status will change within the next 6 months. What should I do?

We suggest you consult an immigration attorney.

My driver's license is expiring. Should I try to renew it?

We do not believe that renewal of driver's licenses should be affected by the Executive Order (EO).

I am not from the list of 6 countries, but I am from a Muslin-majority country. Am I impacted by the EO?

The EO also applies to individuals with refugee immigration status. Beyond the six countries, it does not currently affect those not on refugee status, but this is a very fluid situation. The EO does contemplate that the list of countries subject to the Order can be updated to include additional countries. U.S. Border and Protection officials have broad discretion at points of entry to grant or deny admission to the United States. Therefore, we suggest monitoring available updates and consider any travel carefully.

I am already here. Can I stay?

Yes, based on all available information, there is nothing in the EO concerning those individuals currently in the U.S. whose status is not expired.

How will the University handle requests for my immigration status?

Immigration and citizenship status is not listed as part of directory information and is considered protected information for employees. As such this information would not be released without the individual's permission, unless required by law (subpoena or court order).

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of International Studies and Programs with further questions.


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