On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to President Trump’s travel ban in October. In doing so, the Court has allowed portions of the travel ban to begin until their decision is announced. The court said the ban will affect “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Yale affiliates who already have visas will not be affected. Students and employees in the process of applying for a visa should also be un-affected since they have a specified relationship to Yale (see guidance from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.) However, the partial lifting of the ban is a temporary measure until the Court decides the case, and Yale affiliates from one of the six countries who are in the U.S. presently are advised to not travel out of the U.S. at this time.
The affected countries are : Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. If you are from, or plan to be traveling in one of these countries please speak to your OISS advisor. OISS will post updates to this news on our Immigration Changes website as specific government agencies announce the new protocols and procedures.