Information on Executive Order

This page was last updated on October 3, 2017.

You are welcome here. We are glad that you are here and are prepared to support you as we learn more about the implications of these latest updates on travel restrictions.

This page is intended to serve as an information hub for international students and scholars to help them understand the impact of changes in executive orders on their status. The University continues to monitor the situation closely. We encourage you to contact International Student and Scholar Services with any questions or concerns as you read through the details below.

Latest Developments

On September 24, 2017, the US presidential administration issued a proclamation restricting travel to the United States by citizens of eight countries. This proclamation replaces the revised Executive Order which was issued on March 6th, 2017.

The September 24th proclamation indefinitely suspends many types of visa issuance and travel to the United States for most citizens/nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.  Sudan has been removed from the list.

Specific Country Restrictions

  • Students and scholars from Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen should still be able to apply for F or J visas, and employees from Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen should still be able to apply for employment-based visas such as H-1B.
  • Students and scholars from Iran should still be able to apply for F or J visas, although they may be subject to increased scrutiny (administrative processing). However, since all other visa categories are restricted for citizens/nationals of Iran, employees may not be able to apply for employment based visas such as H-1B, unless they are eligible for a waiver.
  • Citizens/nationals of North Korea and Syria will not be issued nonimmigrant visas in any category. Students, scholars and employees from these countries will not be able to obtain a visa to enter the United States, unless they are eligible for a waiver.
  • There are no specific restrictions on nonimmigrant (F/J/H-1B, etc) visa issuance for citizens/nationals of Somalia. However, the Presidential Proclamation states they will face additional security clearances in the visa application process.


The Proclamation does not revoke the status of any person who holds a valid US visa or equivalent legal status (e.g. US permanent resident, person granted asylum, etc.) on October 18th, 2017.

In other words, students and visiting scholars who currently hold valid F or J visas will not have their visas revoked. These students and scholars can and should continue to apply for all normal benefits of their F or J status, such as CPT and OPT employment, extensions of status, etc. However, after a visa expires, the travel restrictions of the September 24th Proclamation will come into effect. 

ISSS Encourages Caution

ISSS remains quite cautious due to the uncertain political and legal environment. Please note, visa issuance and admission to the U.S. is always at the discretion of the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. This remains unchanged.

Students, scholars and members of the UD community who are affected by these restrictions are encouraged to speak with an advisor at ISSS before making any international travel plans.

In the current climate, the University strongly recommends that every international student, scholar, faculty and staff member carry documents with them at all times, to show evidence of their status. This includes copies of your passport, visa, I-94, and I-20 or DS-2019. An easy way to do this is to scan PDFs and save them in your smartphone.

Maintaining Your Status, Knowing Your Rights

More than ever, it is important for international members of the University community to understand the meaning of your immigration status. For F-1 and J-1 students, specifically remember to (click the links to learn more about each requirement):

Also, know your rights when interacting with US federal and local law enforcement. Visit the links below for more information:

ISSS will continue to advocate for University of Dayton students and scholars at the campus and community levels by providing education and training to the entire community. ISSS staff are also voicing our concerns through our professional network, NAFSA, the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, which actively engages with federal agencies and politicians.


Details on the Most Recent Executive Action

Support on Campus

We urge anyone experiencing distress or needing support to consider the following offices and individuals as resources.

Office Contact Information
Center for International Programs Tim Kao, Director of International Student and Scholar Services: or 937.229.2770
Office of Multicultural Affairs Patty Alvarez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs: or 937.229.3634
Campus Ministry Crystal Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry: or 937.229.3369
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Larry Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion: or 937.229.4073
Human Rights Center Anthony Talbott, Interim Executive Director of Human Rights Center: or 937.229.3294
Counseling Center (students) 937.229.3141
Employee Assistance Program (staff and faculty) LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program
Immigration Working Group Members Contact Information
Larry Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion or 937.229.4073
Ellen Fleischmann, Professor of history and Alumni Chair in Humanities or 937.229.3046
Miranda Hallett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology or 937.229.2430
Sayeh Meisami, Assistant Professor of Philosophy or 937.229.2809
Yousef Farhat, Human Rights Center or 937.229.3294
Amy Anderson, Associate Provost for Global and Intercultural Affairs; Executive Director of the Center for International Programs or 937.229.4413
Patty Alvarez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs or 937.229.3634
Brother Raymond Fitz, S.M., Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice or 937.229.5409
Chloé Massie- Costales, Student in Human Rights and Sociology Major and Anthropology Minor 
Samantha Noelle Mayne, Student in International Studies and Peace and Global Studies Major 

University Communications in Response to Executive Order

University statement on executive order President Spina’s blog
University announcement
 Jan 30
International Student & Scholar Services statements on executive order

Message to all students
Message to students from affected countries

 Jan 30
You Are Welcome Here Video You Are Welcome Here

 Feb 1

Student Government Association Resolution 1617-09 Expressing Support for those Affected by President Trump's Immigration EO

Feb 12

Center for International Programs message to Faculty and Staff

Message to Faculty and Staff

Feb 15

Immigration Working Group Update

Protocol for Immigration Agent Request for Information

April 24-28


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