U.S. Government Agency Statements


March 13, 2017   The Department of State (DOS) posts FAQ

DOS (governs overseas consulates) issued their FAQs on the travel ban.

March 6, 2017   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Q&A on revised travel ban

The White House signed a new Executive Order (which becomes effective on March 16, 2017) that reinstates a 90 day travel ban for nationals of six countries  (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.)  The Department of Homeland Security has also issued a Q&A page related to the rule.  Iraq has been removed from this list.

February 9, 2017  DOS - Travel ban and visa revocation temporarily lifted

The court unanimously rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) bid to reinstate the ban on travel. Therefore, until further action by a court, the order barring implementation of the travel and refugee ban remains in place, and all individuals may apply for visas and admission to the United States without regard to nationality. However OISS recommends that international students and scholars from one of the designated countries listed in the original ban to speak to an advisor before making any travel plans.

February 4, 2017  DOS - Travel ban and visa revocation temporarily lifted

Related to the Washington State court case the Department of State (DOS) travel ban for nationals of the designated countries, as well as the policy to revoke any current valid visas in the passports of the designated countries have both been temporarily lifted.

February 2, 2017  USCIS - Ban does not apply to applications (benefits) inside the U.S.

There was speculation that nationals from the seven designated countries would not be able to apply for “benefits” such as F-1 OPT, and change or extension of visa status inside the U.S. The United Stated Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a statement that benefits are not currently being affected.

February 1, 2017  Dual Nationals and Visa Interviews for All (not just designated countries)

According to CBP, the Executive Order does apply to dual nationals, but travelers “are being treated according to the travel document they present.”.

In addition, the Executive Order published in the Federal Register withdrew a provision which for years allowed non-immigrants to obtain subsequent visas (same school/job but new visa renewal or extension) without needing an interview at the U.S. Consulate outside the U.S. The text from the published order reads as follows:

Sec. 8. (a) Visa Interview Security. The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with

section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1202, which requires that all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to

specific statutory exceptions.

January 29, 2017 DOS on international travel for Green Card holders

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a statement saying that permitting the entry of green card holders (legal permanent residents of the U.S.) is deemed to be in the “national interest” .

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has issued a good summary from the agency at the airports and borders.

January 27, 2017 DOS on revoking visas for those with passports from one of the designated countries

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a statement explaining the provisional revocation of visas for nationals who hold passports from one of the designated countries. This includes valid visa stamps for people working or studying in the U.S. at present.

DISCLAIMER:  The resources listed on this page do not constitute legal advice. Please consult with your OISS adviser or an immigration attorney about the particulars of your situation.