International Services Statement on Immigration Executive Orders

Dear Students and Scholars:

By now, most of you are aware that on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES."  We know that you have many questions about the Executive Order and how it may apply to you. The University of Cincinnati remains committed to our students and scholars and we will do everything possible to support you during this difficult time and to ensure your ongoing safety and academic success. We welcome and support our students and scholars and want you to know that the University does not share protected information with the government like immigration status except for the information required by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

Here is what we know about the Executive Order: While much of the order focuses on Refugees, the order has provisions that affect anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, including temporary visa holders, permanent residents, Asylee, Refugee and other status holders. The order does not include changes to the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but these individuals are included in the scope of the order with all other status holders.

Most important for students and scholars, this wide-ranging order includes the following:

  • A 90-day suspension on all non-citizens arriving in the U.S. from affected countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen (except certain visa categories such as diplomats)
  • Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program
  • Development of uniform and more detailed screening procedures for visas

Based on our reading of the Executive Order, we provide the following recommendations and advice:

  • Students with complex immigration situations, particularly those who do not hold student or scholar visas, may want to consult with an immigration attorney prior to making decisions about travel.
  • Students from Affected Countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen): Students and Scholars from the affected countries should not travel during the next 90 days (perhaps longer).
  • All Students: Students and Scholars from all countries with expired visas should expect delays and an in-person interview if traveling with an expired visa. Unlike in the past, you will no longer have the ability to drop off a passport for visa renewal. Make sure you plan accordingly for delays in visa appointment times when making travel plans.
  • Deferred Action Students (DACA): Students on Deferred Action (DACA) from the affected countries should not travel at all. Those from other countries are cautioned about traveling, but should only travel with the appropriate travel authorization from USCIS.

We will be monitoring responses to this Executive Order and any future orders that may be signed and will communicate more details as they become available. Do know that we will be providing feedback to our Ohio legislators at the state and federal levels about the effects of the order as well.

Now that specific policies are beginning to form, we will be scheduling the coffee and conversation program previously announced by Provost Landgren back in November. Information about this program will be sent to you soon.

As always, we invite you to reach out to us in UC International via phone or e-mail or stop by our offices. Academic Director Ron Cushing can be reached at 513-556-2879 or via e-mail at cushinrb@ucmail.uc.edu. Our office is located in room 7148 Edwards Center One.

Sincerely,
Raj Mehta | Vice Provost International
Ron Cushing | Director, International Services