January 31, 2017
In light of the Executive Order that was signed on Friday, Jan. 27 that suspends entry into the United States for both immigrant and nonimmigrant individuals from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), the Office of International Programs is keeping a running list of updates for our International community. Bookmark this page for the most recent news.
Feb. 14 update:
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the effect of the Jan. 27 Executive Order on higher ed.
Feb. 13 update:
- Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- U.S. Department of State
- Find my Embassy
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Timelines Outlined in Executive Order: Protecting The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
• For the next 90 days, nearly all travelers, except U.S. citizens, traveling on passports from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen will be temporarily suspended from entry to the United States. The 90-day period will allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.
• Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States traveling on a valid I-551 will be allowed to board U.S. bound aircraft and will be assessed for exceptions at arrival ports of entry, as appropriate. The entry of these individuals, subject to national security checks, is in the national interest. Therefore, we expect swift entry for these individuals.
• In the first 30 days, DHS will perform a global country-by-country review of the information each country provides when their citizens apply for a U.S. visa or immigration benefit.
• Countries will then have 60 days to comply with any requests from the U.S. government to update or improve the quality of the information they provide.
• The Refugee Admissions Program will be temporarily suspended for the next 120 days while DHS and interagency partners review screening procedures to ensure refugees admitted in the future do not pose a security risk to citizens of the United States.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo today updated the university community on the impact of the recent executive order banning travel from seven countries. In his message, Romo underscored UTSA's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
What is an Executive Order?
An executive order is not the president creating a new law, but is a directive to federal agencies. In this case, the order prohibits entry of both nonimmigrant and immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia into the United States for at least 90 days from Jan. 27, 2017.
This order will also require a review of the process to issue visas, which include screening standards and procedures. The Department of Homeland Security will, within 30 days, compile a list of countries that do not provide the information on its citizens that will be needed for new screening processes. If these countries are not willing or able to do that, citizens will not be issued visas or allowed to enter the country. We won't know which countries are affected by this portion of the order until the report is finalized.
I am from one of the 7 countries on the "suspended entry list." What do I do?
Please understand that if you leave the United States, regardless of the reason, you will not be able to return during the 90-day period, and possibly longer. It is important that you speak with an international student advisor in the Office of International Programs prior to making any plans for travel.
I am from another country. What should I expect?
We recommend that you consult with an international student advisor prior to making travel plans. If you need to renew your visa while abroad, you may experience a longer wait time for appointments and visa processing.
Our office is closely monitoring changes in the immigration environment and will let you know of any updates. In the meantime, it's important that you continue to maintain your status, regardless of the type of visa you hold.
What happens next?
The Office of International Programs always has and always will support its students, who came to UTSA to make a better world through higher education. We recognize what a trying and confusing time this is and will do everything in our power to ensure you have all of the information and resources you need for any changes in procedure you may experience in the future.
Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order (1/29/2017)
Full Text of Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (1/27/2017)
Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet Regarding EO Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (1/29/2017)
Department of State Notice on Visas after Executive Order (1/27/2017)