Please visit this page for recent updates and guidance on new Presidential executive orders relating to your immigration status at UD and in the US. OISS is working with our campus partners and professional associations to assess this information as it continues to develop. We will make sure to communicate accurate guidance to the UD international community as soon as possible.
We are also here to remind you that, as always, you are among friends at a University that respects and truly values the diversity and unique presence that you and others bring. We remain passionately committed to the belief that our humanity brings us together and that our differences make us stronger. You can read UD President Assanis' statement on the January 27 Executive Order here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OISS for assistance.
"Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order
On April 18, 2017, the president signed the "Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order which directs federal agencies to propose tougher eligibility standards for the H-1B and other employment-based immigration programs. The executive order states that government agencies shall, “as soon as practicable, suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest paid petition beneficiaries." However, the executive order does not enact any definitive change in the H-1B visa program since the proposed changes would likely require new legislation or regulations. OISS continues to monitor the situation and will post any new updates on this page.
Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked
A federal district judge in Hawaii has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the U.S. government from enforcing an executive order that sought to suspend the entry of many nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and refugees from all countries. The entry suspensions were set to be implemented at 12:01am EDT on Thursday, March 16, but are now on hold.
The TRO means that foreign nationals who would have been subject to the executive order should be able to apply for visas and enter the United States provided they are otherwise admissible. However, since the situation remains highly fluid, our conservative recommendation for individuals from those six countries is to refrain from traveling outside of the United States.
OISS continues to monitor the situation and will post any new updates on this page. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time.
New Travel Ban Announced
On March 6, 2017, the White House announced a new travel ban impacting nationals and citizens of six countries: IRAN, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, AND YEMEN, effective as of 12:01 AM EDT on March 16, 2017. The Executive Order (EO) excludes Iraq from the original list of countries, although travelers from Iraq may experience longer delays in visa issuance.
This EO affects only those from the 6 countries who are currently outside the U.S. and do not have a valid U.S. visa.
For foreign nationals from one of the six restricted countries who are currently in the United States, traveling internationally is highly inadvisable under current circumstances. Please consult with an OISS advisor if you have any questions.
Foreign nationals who are not from one of these countries planning to travel outside of the U.S. should make sure they have the necessary travel documents and valid visa before departing from the U.S. Always check with OISS whenever in doubt.
This new EO DOES NOT APPLY to:
OISS continues to monitor the situation and will post any new updates on this page. If you have any questions or concerns in the coming days, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time.
Forum on the Executive Order-- Recordings available online
Recordings of the two-session open forum on the Executive Order can now be heard online. Session one, an information session, was led by Goldblum & Pollins' Kristen Repyneck Dennis. Session two, an academic forum, featured:
Travel ban remains lifted, but caution advised
On February 9 a Federal appeals court did uphold the decision to suspend the travel ban. Individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are able to enter the U.S. We remind you that the situation continues to be highly fluid and could still change at any moment. Our conservative recommendation for individuals from these seven countries is to refrain from traveling outside of the United States. UD students and scholars who are currently outside of the United States are reminded to check in with OISS and to remain cautious when making travel plans.
Executive Order temporarily overturned
On Friday, Feb. 3, a federal judge in Washington issued a ruling that overturned the Executive Order nationwide. While reports indicate that U.S. Customs and Border Protection have instructed airlines to board travelers as usual, not all issues surrounding the travel ban have been immediately resolved. We therefore strongly recommend against any travel outside the U.S. for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen until we receive more information on the issue. USCIS has released a statement suggesting that they will resume adjudication of petitions and applications filed by or on behalf of individuals from the designated countries.
If you are a foreign national from one of the seven restricted countries and are currently in the United States, traveling internationally is highly inadvisable under current circumstances. If the Government obtains an emergency stay of the Temporary Restraining Order and the executive order is reinstated, you may be unable to return to the United States for the duration of the entry ban.
If you are a foreign national from one of the seven restricted countries and are outside the United States, contact OISS ASAP before traveling or making plans to travel to the United States. We will work with our immigration counsel to advise you accordingly. Traveling remains risky. If the Government obtains an emergency stay of the Temporary Restraining Order, the entry ban may once again be in effect when you land at a U.S. port of entry and you may not be admitted.
Important Update: No current plans to expand travel ban beyond current countries
According to the University's immigration counsel, there is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the Executive Order. This includes Colombia and Venezuela, which have been widely rumored to be under consideration. The Department of State and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have confirmed that there is no information that supports such a rumor at the moment.
However, entry to the U.S. by nonimmigrant and immigrant visa holders bearing passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen is still barred. US citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject.
Please contact OISS if you have any questions about travel outside the U.S.
On Friday, January 27, 2017, a Presidential executive order was signed to prohibit foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. The order was put in place immediately and resulted in some level of confusion at U.S. ports of entry and abroad. The U.S. government has since provided some limited guidance on the implementation of the executive order, and federal courts have issued orders that limit the ban to some extent. Please be aware that policies are not being implemented consistently on the ground, and that the situation may change at any time.
Below is a summary of the latest updates provided by the University’s immigration counsel, Goldblum & Pollins Immigration Law, regarding the implementation of the Order for those abroad and in the United States:
Foreign Nationals in the U.S. from the designated countries:
Foreign Nationals outside the U.S. from the designated
Foreign Nationals of ALL OTHER countries outside the U.S.:
The Office for International Students and Scholars continues to monitor the situation regularly and will post any new updates on this page. If you have any questions or concerns in the coming days, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time.
The new Presidential executive order that was signed yesterday imposes a temporarily ban, for a period of at least 90 days, on entry to the United States for foreign nationals from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While we are still assessing the complete nature of this order’s implications, we offer you with some immediate guidance below.
For citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen:
Please also know that the Office for International Students & Scholars continues to monitor the situation regularly and will communicate with you individually as soon as additional updates are available. If you should have any questions or concerns in the coming days, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time.
We can be reached by phone at (302) 831-2115 or by email at email@example.com. The Center for Counseling & Student Development also offers resources to those seeking support and can be reached by calling (302) 831-2141 during normal business hours.
For more information on the Executive Order, please see NAFSA's Travel Advisory.
Dear international students & scholars,
You may have heard that President Trump signed an additional executive order relating to U.S. immigration enforcement. Until full text of this order is released, we do not know its implications.
Please know that the Office for International Students & Scholars continues to monitor the situation regularly and will communicate with you as soon as updates are available.
If you should have any questions or concerns in the coming days, please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time. We can be reached by phone at (302) 831-2115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, it is a privilege to serve you.
Ravi Ammigan, Director