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Executive Order - changes in Federal Policy for International Students, Faculty, Staff - and - Visitors

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017 suspending entry to the U.S. for 90 days from the date the order was signed. At this time this will affect nonimmigrants from 7 countries identified below

- Iran
- Iraq
- Libya
- Somalia
- Sudan
- Syria
- Yemen

The International Center is aware of the order and its impact on the International student & scholar population at Clarkson University. While the ban is in place - we advise current internatinoal students and scholars to not travel outside the United States and even after 90-day ban until it known how the visa or port of entry requirements may change. ISSS will continue to monitor the the results of the order and update accordingly. 

Note from Director, ISSS: 

For current students & scholars
- It is important to understand that this order has no immediate impact on the immigration status of those currently in the U.S. in legal status. Current regulations and benefits of status remain in place until the new administration decides to review and make any changes. Please note - that changes in law or regulations undergo a much different process than 'executive orders', they take time and always have advance warning. In the resouces below - you will find a summary of immigration concepts. This provides an excellent summary on the U.S. immigration system - government agencies - and - the legislative process. 

For permanent residents - On January 29, 2017, The Department of Homeland Security determined that permitting entry of lawful permanent residents is 'in the national interest'. This allowed an exception to the entry ban found in the executive order for 'immigrants'.

For Canadian Citizens - On Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's National Security Advisor, Daniel Jean sought clarification on the travel ban for Canadian Citizens who also hold citizenship from any of the '7-countries'. It was confirmed that Canadian passport holders - including dual citizens - will not be affected by the ban

Additional Information & Resources

Join us for the Town Hall meeting - Today, January 31, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Cheel Barbn Rooms

NYS Department of State hotline for detainee families - 1-888-869-7243

U.S. Customs & Border Protection - Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S. A statement from CPB and useful resources.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators - Travel Advisory

NAFSA - Statement form Association of International Educators

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

NAFSA: Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change


USCIS - Find Legal Services - (US Customs & Immigration Services)

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) - listing of attorneys who provide immigration services either free or for little cost

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - online Immigration Lawyer Referral Service

Immigration Law Help - an online directory of free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal service providers in all 50 states

Understand your Rights

NUCLU - Know your rights: What to do if You're stopped by police, immigration agents or the FBI

Know Your Rights Info: Immigrant Legal Resource Center