Executive Order/Travel Ban Updates

Updated October 6, 2017

On March 6, 2017, the President issued the Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States, commonly called the “travel ban.” This Executive Order has been legally challenged and will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Court’s upcoming term. While that review remains pending, the Order remains generally in effect.

On September 24, 2017, the White House issued the Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats. The proclamation restricts visa issuance and entry to the United States for citizens/nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Citizens/nationals of Sudan are no longer subject to travel restrictions.

Under Proclamation Section 3(a), the entry ban generally applies only to nationals of subject countries who are outside the United States and do not have a valid U.S. visa on the applicable effective date of the Proclamation. Therefore, individuals who are inside of the United States as of the applicable effective date or already have a valid US visa on the applicable effective date are exempt from this entry ban.

The Proclamation will have a phased implementation. The provisions most likely to affect the UWM community will not be implemented until October 18, 2017.

Generally, the restrictions apply to the issuance of immigrant visas, (to permit initial entry to the U.S. as a permanent resident), and B1/B2 business tourist visas, not to the F/J visas used by students. However, country specific conditions can be found here.

Please discuss any travel plans outside of the US with a UWM CIE Immigration Advisor.

UWM CIE Staff belong to a national advocacy and education group. Here is a link to the National Association of Foreign Students Advisors webpage on the travel ban.

The US Department of State website on visas is here. On this page, you will see updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding the travel ban and visa issuance.

The Department of Homeland Security has a page of fact sheets. They are dealing with entry to the United States.

Chancellor Mone released a statement to the UWM community. Please read that here.

CIE created a great video – #you’rewelcomehere. Please have a look.

How we can help:

Prior to leaving the US, you are welcome to meet with CIE immigration advisor to review your documents. If you are already out of the US, you can email isss@uwm.edu and an Immigration Coordinator will review your SEVIS status to ensure your record is in good standing. We stay informed on best practices and will help you in any way we can.

Occasionally students are stopped by CBP and held until CBP can speak to someone at the university. Please instruct CBP to contact the Center for International Education main office at 414-229-4846 during office hours.

If you are trying to obtain a visa for a family member, please let us know. We can provide you with a letter for the consulate.

UWM is committed to keeping you informed and helping you navigate this process as best we can.