Travel Advisory on Presidential Executive Order

International Scholars Operations is closely following the immigration-related developments coming out of the White House and the impact they may have on our international community.  We welcome all members of our community no matter where they are from and we are dedicated to supporting you and our mission as a global University.  

For the most up-to-date information on key immigration developments, please see the Office of Global Affairs website.  For information on specific cases or situations, please email ISO at acadvisa@uw.edu. We will also include general updates to this page as developments occur.

June 27, 2017 Update

Two federal judges blocked Executive Order 13780 in March 2017, and the Supreme Court reviewed their decision in June 2017. The June 26th Supreme Court decision allows the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order to go into effect as written, with one significant exception: Individuals who are able to make a credible showing that they have an existing “bona-fide” relationship with a U.S. person or entity are not subject to the ban, pending further review of the Executive Order by the Court.

The Court’s decision indicates that the types of relationships with U.S. individuals or entities that may qualify under this exception include:

  • A close familial relationships with someone living in the U.S.
  • A formal documented employment relationship with a U.S. employer
  • An established relationship between an admitted or enrolled student or an invited lecturer and a U.S. college or university

The decision states, however, that to qualify under the exception, the relationship cannot be one that is entered into for the purpose of evading the travel ban. It is not yet known how this exception to the travel ban will be applied by immigration officials, who continue to have broad discretion to permit or deny entry to the U.S. for other reasons. The Supreme Court also agreed to review the cases challenging the ban in the fall.

We advise scholars to carefully consider their international travel during this uncertain time, to ensure they are carrying all their correct and valid documents, and to prepare for more potential delays than usual at consular posts and with Customs and Border Protection.

For more information on current developments, please see the Office of Global Affairs website and NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, travel advisory.

March 18, 2017 Update

The March 6, 2017 Executive Order 13780 has been blocked by the Courts and the State Department has said they will continue to issue visas to citizens of the 6 affected countries.  Read the State Department announcement.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has provided a brief summary of the U.S. District Court updates affecting Executive Order 13780:

On March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order.

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017.

Other sections of Executive Order 13780 that are not enjoined by court order became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on March 16, 2017.

We advise scholars to carefully consider their international travel during this uncertain time, to ensure they are carrying all their correct and valid documents, and to prepare for more potential delays than usual at consular posts and with Customs and Border Protection.

March 6, 2017 Update

The White House released a new Executive Order today.  As of March 16, 2017 there will be a 90-day ban on issuing new visas for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq has been removed from the list of affected nations.  U.S. permanent residents, as well as individuals from the affected countries who have valid immigration documents issued prior to March 16, 2017 are not affected.  No previously issued non-immigrant visas will be revoked under this order. For more information on the Executive Order please see the Office of Global Affairs website.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce has also reaffirmed the University’s commitment to supporting international scholars and students.  The University of Washington is proud of our community of students, staff, and scholars from around the world. Both President Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty are “committed to providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.”

International scholars are an important part of this community, and ISO is committed to providing assistance and support to our international academic staff and faculty.  Academic staff and faculty with concerns related to this Executive Order should feel free to contact ISO by coming in to our office during regular business hours, by e-mail to acadvisa@uw.edu, or by calling our front desk at 206-543-5630. Below are some additional resources you may find helpful.

International Student Services (resources for international students)
UW Office of Global Affairs Information and Resources
UW Counseling Services
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Civil Liberties Union
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
UW Safe Campus