Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources

 

Travel BanOn September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0) 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 were: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. A Presidential Proclamation of April 10, 2018 removed Chad from the list of countries subject to Travel Ban 3.0, after a March 20, 2018 report from the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of State, concluded "that Chad has made marked improvements in its identity-management and information-sharing practices." Chad is no longer subject to Travel Ban 3.0 effective April 13, 2018. The other seven countries remain subject. Conditions of Travel Ban 3.0 vary by country.

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked the ban, which allows the government to enforce Travel Ban 3.0 on all 7 countries, pending resolution of the government's appeal to the Ninth and Fourth Circuits, and during any further Supreme Court proceedings. See NAFSA's Travel Ban Litigation Updates page for details.

Read the Proclamation

The situation remains fluid. NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to, implementation of, and challenges to the Proclamation, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

Travel Advisory

Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect, pending litigation. On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked the ban, which allows the government to enforce Travel Ban 3.0 on all countries that are subject, pending resolution of the government's appeal to the Ninth and Fourth Circuits, and during any further Supreme Court proceedings on that issue. NAFSA has updated its Travel Ban 3.0 advisory, to help you stay up-to-date and informed.

Read NAFSA's Travel Ban 3.0 Advisory

NAFSA Statements

Amicus Brief

  • On March 29, 2018, NAFSA joined in an amicus brief arguing against the travel ban, filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 33 higher education associations.

Statements on September 25, 2017 Proclamation

Statements on Prior 90-Day Travel Ban

Executive Action Summaries and Links

Executive actions, also called presidential actions, are actions that are taken by the President of the United States, usually through the following vehicles: Executive Orders; Presidential Proclamations; and Presidential Memoranda. NAFSA keeps track of certain executive actions related to immigration, under the current administration.

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FAQ on Immigration Benefits

NAFSA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about resources that can assist you in understanding and responding to recent and future changes to immigration benefits.

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From the Community

Tips and information from NAFSA's blog to assist advisers working to help students, scholars, faculty, and staff impacted by the executive orders.