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Immigration Updates

Updated September 28,2017

Information and Resources Regarding Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration 

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.  Examples of country restrictions are as follows: Iran suspends the entry of all immigraitons and non-immigrants EXCEPT for F student visas and J exchange visitor visas. Venezuela suspends the entry of certain government officials and their family member on B1/B2 business or tourist visas. Iraq was taken off of the list but will have additional screening measures. 

On Tuesday June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court narrowed the injunction prohibiting implementation of President Trump’s travel ban and agreed to review cases challenging the ban in the fall. The court has acknowledged that students and scholars with connections to the United States are exempted from the travel ban.

On Thursday March 16, 2017 the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order.

On Wednesday March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017.

On Monday March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a newly revised Executive Order 13780, notably dropping Iraq from January's previous order. For inquiries regarding what the new excutive order entails, please click on the Fact Sheet.

On February 9, 2017 – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Trump Administration’s request to block a lower court’s suspension of the ban. This decision means that the entry ban on travelers from 7 listed countries is still suspended (as per the lower court’s decision) and that immigrants and non-immigrants from the listed counties with valid visas may still continue to travel to the U.S.  

As of February 17, 2017 the President has decided not to have the decision appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling.  Instead, he has stated that he will draft a new executive order next week. 

If you are a citizen of any of these countries, we still advise you not to travel at this time. The situation is very volatile and can change at any moment. If you are NOT a national of these seven countries, there have been no changes to your immigration status or ablitity to travel. We will keep you posted on updates by email and on this web page

History: 

February 4, 2017 –  President Trump’s administration appealed the District Court’s TRO to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request for an immediate administrative stay of the TRO, but will proceed to consider the request for an emergency stay of the order.

February 3, 2017 – An order issued by a U.S. District Court in Washington State granted a nation-wide Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which prohibits from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  Nationals of the 7 countries may now enter the U.S. and apply for visas.

February 2, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) clarified in a memo that adjudication of applications for immigration benefits would not be affected by the EO.

January 29, 2017 – U.S. Department of Homeland Security clarified that lawful permanent residents (“green card holders”) of the U.S. traveling on a valid I-551 (alien resident card) will be allowed entry on a case by case basis absent receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public welfare.

January 28, 2017 – A federal judge in Boston granted a 7-day stay on enforcing the order for valid immigrant, nonimmigrant and refugee visa holders arriving through Boston. This 7-day stay has now ended.

January 27, 2017 – In response to the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of State issued a “provisional revocation” of all immigrant and non-immigrant visas for persons from the banned countries.

January 27, 2017 – President Trump signed Executive Order 13769 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals.” The executive order suspended entry into the United States of both nonimmigrants and immigrants from 7 countries (Iran, Iraq. Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) for 90 days, except for those traveling on diplomatic, NATO, C-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas. In addition, the executive order alsosuspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and the admission of Syrian refugees for an indefinite period of time. The order established a protocol for removing or adding additional countries to the banned list, depending on whether countries complied with requests for specific information from USDHS. The order suspended the Visa Interview Waiver Program, called for a review of reciprocity agreements between the U.S. and foreign countries, and mandated “expedited completion” of a Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System for all travelers to the U.S.