Please check this page regularly for updates. Contact our office for any questions or to verify information you have heard from other sources. ISSS and the University support you and value your presence on our campus and in our community. ISSS, together with the University administration and other relevant offices, continues to monitor changes to immigration policy and enforcement to ensure we can provide you with current and correct information.
Summary: The Supreme Court partially granted the Trump administration’s request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90 day travel ban. Please see below for important information about the impact on students and scholars.
Current information: updated 06/26/2017
- The stay remains in effect in many important respects relevant for the University population. The Supreme Court stated that individuals “who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” are still protected under the injunction.
- Examples of persons with a “bona fide relationship” include:
- Students who have been admitted to a U.S. school*
- Scholars who have been invited to teach, research, etc. at a U.S. university
- Workers who accept an offer of employment from a U.S. employer
- Lecturers invited to address an American audience
- Close familial relationship to someone in the U.S. whom you are intending to visit or live with.
*If you are a new student admitted for Fall 2017 please check your University email
for a special message about visas and travel. For specific questions about the travel
ban or visa delays, contact the Office of International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or ISSS at email@example.com.
- The March 16 executive order specifically excludes lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
- For those without a bona fide relationship, the Trump administration has stated that the travel ban will go into effect within 72 hours: we expect this to be on or about June 29, 2017. The EO is valid for 90 days.
- USCIS is processing immigration benefit requests per normal parameters.
- Visa processing has been reported to be extremely slow in many countries- allow extra time for visa applications and renewals.
- We expect that individuals who fit one of the categories listed in the exception (#1 above) should be able to enter the US, however DHS has not yet publicized the process to identify those who qualify for an exception. We anticipate that I-20s and DS-2019s issued by the University should serve as formal documentation of ties to the University of Utah to permit issuance of a visa and entry at the border.
- We expect to continue to see increased vetting/ questioning at the border and at the U.S. Consulate possible for anyone applying for a visa and entering the United States. (See below for guidance).
- Nationals from the 6 countries may wish to remain in the US if currently here. If you decide to travel, please contact ISSS before travel to discuss possible risks.
- We suggest that international students and scholars with expired visas avoid travel, or carefully plan any travel to ensure adequate time to renew your visa in your home country. You are welcome to contact our office to further discuss potential risks.
- Expect increased screening at the U.S. border and consulates, including a review of your social media accounts. We do not recommend deleting social media accounts before entering; however we do recommend you are aware that what you are posting/ viewing will be reviewed upon entry.
- Departments, faculty, and staff working with impacted students and scholars are encouraged to contact ISSS with questions or concerns.
- Contact the ISSS office for specific questions and concerns.
- US citizen members of the U community considering travel to one of the 7 listed countries should contact the Global Risk Manager, Sean Bridegam.
- Admissions Communication to Recent Admits: June 28, 2017
- University Support for International Community: June 27, 2017
- ISSS Message to International Students and Scholars: June 26, 2017
- EO Update email: February 4, 2017
- Support for International Community: January 31, 2017
- Information on Recent Executive Order: January 27, 2017 Communication
We know our students and scholars may be feeling afraid, anxious, angry, and uncertain about their future. If this situation negatively impacts you, or your ability to be successful as a student or scholar, please speak with an ISSS advisor as soon as possible.
The offices below can also provide support and resources.
University Counseling Center
Women’s Resource Center
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs