Information on Executive Order

This page was last updated on March 16 2017.

This page is intended to serve as an information hub for international students and scholars as they navigate the impact of changes in executive orders on their status. Because the issues are shifting, the University continues to monitor the situation closely.  Visit this page for updated information and resources.

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an initial executive order which contained provisions that directly affected our international student, scholar, faculty and staff populations.  Most notably, the order suspended entry into the U.S. for individuals (who do not have permanent U.S. residency or citizenship status) from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order also outlined increased security measures which would likely have an impact on travel and other benefits. Since then, the original executive order was temporarily suspended by a court order and a new executive order was issued revoking the previous one.

Latest Developments

On March 15, 2017, the lower court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on the revised entry ban, preventing the government from enforcing it.

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The new order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries and revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017.

The new order  affects citizens of six of the seven countries in the prior 90-day ban:
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

Iraq has been removed. The executive order FAQ states "Per the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, who are outside the United States and who did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on the effective date of this order are not eligible to enter the United States while the temporary suspension remains in effect. Thus any individual who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the Executive Order is not barred from entry."

Based on a preliminary reading of the new Executive Order and a DHS FAQ and Fact Sheet, the new entry bar will not apply to the following individuals who are citizens or nationals of one of the 6 countries:

  • U.S. lawful permanent residents in posession of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or temporary I-551 stamp
  • Holders of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that was either:
    • -Approved prior to January 27, 2017 at 5:00pm eastern standard time, or
    • -Is valid as of March 6, 2017
  • Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are always considered U.S. citizens)
  • Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and another country not on the list of 6, who will enter the United States on the basis of a valid passport issued by the country not on the list of 6

Students should feel free to call or visit the International Student Support Services (ISSS) if they have question.  

Faculty and staff should contact the Office of Legal Affairs.

What is an executive order?

An executive order is an order issued by the President of the United States, often to direct federal agencies and officials in their execution of laws or policies, or otherwise make policy pronouncements. The latest executive order is just one of a few that have been issued by President Trump so far. President Trump's executive orders on immigration include:

The University will continue to monitor the executive orders and their implementation closely. If there are changes to the current orders or additional orders are issued, the University will review and send or post updates to this webpage.

I am an international student, scholar, faculty or staff member. How will these orders affect me?

On March 15, 2017, the lower court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on the revised entry ban, preventing the government from enforcing it.

If enacted, the new executive order would impact nationals from the following countries:

  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

The new order was set to be effective for 90 days starting March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the Executive Order was signed). This calculates that it will be effective until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days of the 90-day period.

Based on a preliminary reading of the new Executive Order and a DHS FAQ and Fact Sheet, the new entry bar will not apply to the following individuals who are citizens or nationals of one of the 6 countries:

  • U.S. lawful permanent residents in posession of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or temporary I-551 stamp
  • Holders of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that was either:
    • -Approved prior to 5:00 eastern standard time, or
    • -Is valid as of March 6, 2017
  • Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are always considered U.S. citizens)
  • Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and another country not on the list of 6, who will enter the United States on the basis of a valid passport issued by the country not on the list of 6 

Individuals who are citizens of one of the 6 countries who do not fall within one of the above-listed exceptions, would be subject to the new entry bar.

Am I still eligible for immigration benefits?

At this time, citizens of these countries who are already in the U.S. in immigrant and non-immigrant status are able, if they wish, to continue their studies or employment and apply for immigration benefits. The University has received no direct information from any agency regarding a "hold" on the adjudication of benefits in connection with the order. In other words, benefits like applications for Optional Practical Training, H-1B, changes of status, etc. are still available. Until the University learns otherwise from the applicable federal agencies, we suggest that schools, students, employees and scholars continue to apply for benefits, where appropriate.


Until there is greater clarity, the University strongly recommend that every student, scholar, faculty and staff member carry on their person at all times thorough documentation to evidence compliance with their status.

What if I am not from one of the 6 countries?

Individuals not from one of the countries listed above are not mentioned in the executive order. However, it is possible that additional scrutiny could arise due to confusion or errors by government agencies. For example, an H-1B visa holder from “X” country may still be at risk for an extended security delay or interrogation on entry. This is not new, and the University’s advice is the same as it was before the executive order: Comply with the conditions of your current status and carry thorough documentation on your person at all times to demonstrate that. You may also wish to contact your home country embassy to determine whether other individuals from your home country have faced barriers to entry as a result of the executive order.

What if I visit or have visited one of the 6 countries?

The University understands that having a passport stamp from one of the six countries can raise questions and cause delays at points of entry into the U.S.

What about applying for admission to a new program?

The University of Dayton continues to welcome applications from all students, and applications will be evaluated based on academic preparation and qualifications only. No part of the current set of executive orders indicates that completing a current program or starting a new program here or elsewhere in the U.S. will be affected.

As an international student, scholar, faculty or staff member, can I travel in the U.S.?

International members of the University community already in the U.S. can travel freely within the country. As always, travel should be planned carefully and areas of the country where there is unrest should be avoided. Individuals are encouraged to take documentation to demonstrate valid immigration and academic status in the event of questioning.

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.

Resources

Because of the unprecedented nature of the situation, the University advises its international community members to read and follow more than one trusted source of information. In addition to the information on this webpage, also consider visiting the resources in the sections below. The options listed are either from official government agencies or established professional associations.

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

Other Non-University Resources
NAFSA Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries
Pursuant to Executive Order
NAFSA is the largest association of international educators in the U.S. and world. Many international student offices rely on NAFSA for guidance when major regulatory issues occur. We strongly recommend this concise and practical resource for students and scholars.
Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States

Q&A: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is the agency responsible for evaluating and admitting entrants into the U.S. These are the officers student and scholars present their documents to when they arrive at airports. This website provides a detailed explanation of how CBP interprets and implements the March 6 executive order at ports of entries across the country
Department of State Statement on
Implementation of Executive Order
The Department of State is the agency that issues visas. This link will direct you to their recent news releases, including a statement on the executive order’s effect on visa issuance, interviews, and fee payment.
National Immigration Law Center 
Know Your Rights
 
While the executive order does not indicate any change to students and scholars statuses who are already in the U.S., many worry that they will be targeted by law enforcement. If you find you encounter Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other law enforcement officers while at home, on the street, or anywhere else in the U.S., remember that you have certain rights. This website also provides suggestions for what you should do to assert your rights.

Related Campus Events

 COFFEE HOUR

The Center for International Programs will host a Coffee Hour on four Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Rike Center, Room 108.  This is a casual drop-in gathering geared towards international students seeking peer support or access to staff who can listen or answer questions.  Anyone is welcome.  Dates are:

  • March 17
  • March 31
  • April 28

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