Trump Administration Policy Updates

ISSS continues to analyze the impact of the Executive Orders signed by President Trump and will issue additional guidance as we learn more. We recognize that these changes bring uncertainty and encourage international students, scholars, and faculty to reach out to our office with questions or concerns. You can contact us at,, or come by during walk-in hours.

We are also working closely with the UC Office of the President, our sister UC campuses, as well as other professional organizations to monitor the continuing issues impacting our international community. Please take a moment to read UC President Napolitano and the UC Chancellors' Statement on the recent Executive Orders. Links to additional information are listed at the bottom of this page.

Executive Order Updates


US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Trump Travel Ban

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the US Supreme Court ruled that the third version of President Trump's travel ban can go into full effect while legal challenges proceed. As such, as of December 4, the Presidential Proclamation from September 24, 2017, and its associated travel restrictions are back in effect. Federal appeals courts in California and Virginia will hear arguments this week on whether the latest iteration of the policy is lawful. ISSS continues to recommend that those from the impacted countries minimize travel outside the US.


On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order that prohibits the enforcement of sections 2(a), (b), (c), (e), (g), and (h) of the September 24, 2017, travel ban. This blocks enforcement of the travel ban on Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The Court continues to uphold enforcement of the parts of the travel ban applying to North Korea and Venezuela. The White House has stated that it will pursue an "appeal in an expeditious manner."


Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visas in Turkey

Effective immediately, visa services in US Consulates and Embassies in Turkey have been suspended. You cannot apply for non-immigrant US visas in Turkey until further notice.

You can read US Ambassador John Bass' statement on this suspension by going here. If you already have a visa, it remains valid and such, this suspension is not a travel or visa ban.

ISSS will continue to provide updates as we learn more.


On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation on Enhancing Vetting Capabilities & Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats. This Proclamation partially or fully restricts entry into the United States for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia. This Proclamation cites specific provisions for each impacted country and goes into effect at 12:01am on October 18th.

Below is a brief summary:

  • Iran: Entry in all non-immigrant categories is suspended, with the exception of F and M visas and J exchange visitor visas.  These individuals will also be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. Entry for immigrant visas is suspended.
  • Chad, Libya, and Yemen: B-1/B-2 visas and immigrant visas are suspended. Entry in B-1, B-2 also suspended.

  • North Korea, Syria, and Somalia: All non-immigrants and immigrant visas suspended indefinitely.

  • Venezuela: All visa holders will face increased screening and scrutiny. Entry into the US suspended only for B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2 visas for officials of the certain governement agencies and their immediate families.

The White House has issued a Frequently Asked Questions page on the new travel ban. ISSS recommends minimizing international travel due to the continuing changing policies. Students and scholars should expect incraesed screenings and travel delays. In addition, other countries may be added to the list.


On Monday, June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court  granted the US government’s request for a stay of the previous lower court preliminary injunctions to the Executive Order 13780 “Travel Ban.” This case will be revisited in October 2017. 
According to the order, the administration cannot block entry of individuals from the six affected countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and refugees from around the world if they have"a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."  This means that foreign nationals without any connection to the US will be barred from traveling to the U.S. However, those traveling with valid work visas, student visas, or who have other connections to the US should remain unaffected by the travel ban. 


On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order entitled "Buy American and Hire American." The "Buy American" piece addresses laws and policies about the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the US.

The "Hire American" provisions asks certain government entities to "propose new rules and issue new guidance" in order to prevent fraud and abuse in immigration systems and to protect American workers and their economic interests, while also suggesting "reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries." For now, there are no specific changes to any existing regulations with regard to the H-1B status.


On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the US District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing sections 2 and 6 of the new executive order entry bar that was scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Please note that other sections of the EO will remain in effect, including suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, increased screenings, and reviews of US immigration policy. We continue to advise caution for travel outside the US for those students from the countries impacted by the ban.


On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised Executive Order placing a 90-day ban on individuals from six nations. The new Order will go into effect on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This new order revokes and replaces the Executive Order dated January 27th, 2017.

What is different about the revised Executive Order?

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be subject to the 90-day travel ban, as with the original January 27th Order. Iraq has been removed from the banned list.

Dual nationals, green card holders, and those who held valid visas from the named countries prior to 01/27 and prior to the 03/16 implementation will not be affected.


On Thursday evening February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's emergency motion for a stay on the District Court's temporary restraining order preventing the government from enforcing Executive Order 13769's 90-day entry bar. This means that the travel ban remains lifted until a new decision, pending appeal at the Supreme Court. Please refer to the Ninth Court of Appeals website for more detailed information.

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER - On February 3, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) that temporarily prohibits the Federal government from enforcing Section 3(c) of Executive Order 13769, the provision establishing the 90-day ban on entry of "immigrants and nonimmigrants" from the seven countries and also temporarily reverses the decision to revoke visas of individuals subject to the ban.

The Trump Administration appealed the TRO on 02/04/17, requesting an immediate administrative stay to maintain the TRO while the appeal decision was pending. The immediate stay was denied by the Ninth Court of Appeals, but they will continue considering an emergency stay. Both parties involved in the case were required to submit additional filings for consideration by 3pm Pacific Time on February 7, 2017. Documents regarding the current litigation are available on the Ninth Court of Appeals website. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has also updated their Executive Order FAQ to reflect new language regarding the TRO. Keep in mind the restraining order is a temporary measure, and subject to change. ISSS advises against travel outside of the U.S. at this time for those individuals from the seven countries affcected by the ban, as the situation is changing frequently.


Effective January 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." This Executive Order carries the following provisions:

Individuals from all countries:

  • Suspension of Visa Interview Waiver Program: Any individual seeking a visa, whether an initial visa or a renewal, will be required to undergo an in-person interview at a US Embassy or Consulate. Previously an in-person interview could be waived based on applicant's age or if an individual was renewing a visa within the same category. The new rule likely entails longer processing times to obtain U.S. visas. If you are from a visa-exempt country, such as Canada or Bermuda, this change should not affect you.

Individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen:

  • Suspension of Visa Issuance: Visa issuance to any national of these seven countries has been suspended for 90 days, effective 01/27/17. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, the Department of State has advised you to not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time.
  • Suspension of Entry to the US: The United States has placed an immediate 90-day ban, effective 01/27/17, on the entry of any national of these seven countries. This restriction currently applies only to those individuals traveling with a passport from one of the above countries who are in non-immigrant status (F-1, J-1, etc.). However, we advise those born in one of the above countries but who have a green card or dual citizenship with a non-listed country, to be very cautious and to refrain from international travel, if possible.

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