Travel Ban Updates - U.S. State Department Resumes Travel Ban on 12/8/2017

Sunday, Dec 31, 2017

This page contains the latest updates on the Executive Order Travel Ban.

December 8, 2017: Following the Supreme Court ruling of December 4, 2017, the U.S. State Department announced a resumption of the travel restrictions effective 12/8/2017. The announcement clarifies that visa's that were issued before 12/8/2017 are still valid and will not be revoked and it provides a summary of existing travel restrictions under the Proclamation.

December 4, 2017:  The U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts of Hawaii and Maryland.  This permits the Trump Administration to fully enforce the September 24, 2017 travel ban proclamation (see below) until lower courts have ruled on this issue. Unless we receive contrary guidance from the government we will assume the restrictions outlined in the presidential proclamation are now back in effect. A more detailed description of the September 24th proclamation can be found below. It's important to note that persons in the U.S. when the original proclamation was issued are exempt from restrictions but are still subject to extensive vetting as part of a visa application. Staff of the Davis International will continue monitoring the situation as it develops. Please reach out to a Davis IC advisor with any questions, concerns, or before making international travel plans.
Source: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 12/4/2017

September 24, 2017 Travel Ban Proclamation Summary : 
The Trump Administration is imposing new travel restrictions on certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, under a presidential proclamation issued on September 24, 2017.  The new restrictions, some of which take effect on October 18, 2017, follow a U.S. government review of worldwide visa security measures and the expiration of the Administration's previous travel ban.  Unlike the previous travel bans, this Proclamation is more targeted and the restrictions vary by country.

Among those exempt from the travel restrictions are:
• U.S. lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders)
• Dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-restricted country (e.g., French-Iranian)
• Foreign nationals who were in the United States on the applicable effective date, regardless of immigration status
• Foreign nationals who have a valid visa on the applicable effective date

This means if you are already in the United States and affiliated with the University, in valid F-1, J-1, or H-1B status, an exemption applies. The White House has posted some FAQ’s on the Proclamation. In addition, please review the Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Alert for a more thorough summary.

Even if an exemption applies to your situation, we recommend you consult with a Davis International Center advisor prior to making international travel plans. This is particularly important if you will be traveling after your visa stamp has expired. Extensive security reviews, referred to as Administrative Processing, and possibly long delays will still be part of the visa application process. 

Advisory Information (updated 11/22/17):

The following are links to advisories that may provide some additional and useful information.  Please note that these sources are unaffiliated with Princeton University and do not constitute the University’s legal advice:  

1.    Fragomen Worldwode Immigration Law Firm: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 11/20/2017       

2.    Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Law Firm: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 10/17/2017

3.    Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Law Firm: Fragomen Worldwide September 25, 2017 U.S. Client Alert

4.    Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Law Firm:  Fragomen Worldwide June 26, 2017 U.S. Client Alert

5.    Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Law Firm:  Immigration in the Trump Administration: What You Need to Know

6.    NAFSA Assoc. of International Educators: Executive Order Travel Ban Summary, Travel Advisory, and FAQ's

7.    AILA - American Immigration Lawyers Association Practice Alert: DHS and DOS Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban.
 

Campus Resources:

Students and scholars who have concerns about the Executive Order Travel Ban are welcomed and encouraged to reach out to all campus resources, which can be helpful to their well-being and success during this difficult and stressful time. Although many individuals on campus will be sensitive to the needs of all students, the following resources are specifically available to assist you.

Confidential Campus Resources

1.     Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), Calvin Chin, Director cc23@princeton.edu 
        609-258-3285 
2.     Office of Religious Life (ORL), Imam Sohaib Sultan ssultan@princeton.edu  609-258-3042        
3.     Carebridge Assistance Program for faculty and staff: 
        https://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/worklife/carebridge

Other Campus Resources

1.   Career Services, Eva Kubu, Acting Executive Director ekubu@princeton.edu 609-258-0650
2.   Davis International Center (general immigration information), 
      Jackie Leighton, Director jleighto@princeton.edu 609-258-5012
      Albert Rivera, Deputy Director albertr@princeton.edu 609-258-9403
3.   Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Understanding, Tennille Haynes, Director
      thaynes@princeton.edu  609-258-5895
4.   Financial Aid and Student Employment Office (undergraduate), Benjamin Eley, 
      Associate Director beley@Princeton.edu 609-258-3330
5.   The Graduate School, Julie Yun, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion 
      julieyun@princeton.edu 609-258-1328
6.   Housing (Undergraduate and Graduate): Dorian Johnson, Director of  Housing, dorianj@princeton.edu,
       609-258-1908                                            
 
7.   International Internships (undergraduate):  Lisa Duarte-Silva, the Office of International
      Programs  lduarte@princeton.edu 609- 258-2354 
8.   Non-Resident Tax Compliance and Reporting Office, Karen Murphy-Gordon, Analyst
      km5@Princeton.edu 609-258-3734
9.   Office of Admission (undergraduate)uaoffice@princeton.edu 609-258-3060
10. Office of the Dean of the College (undergraduate), Khristina Gonzalez, Associate Dean
      kfg2@princeton.edu 609-258-1013
11. Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Students (ODUS), Kathleen Deignan, Dean
      kdeignan@princeton.edu 609-258-5431
12. Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations, Anastasia Vrachnos, Vice Provost
      atv@princeton.edu 609-258-2560
13.  The Pace Center for Service and Civic Engagement, Evan Schneider, Program
       Coordinator emschnei@princeton.edu 609-258-7443
14.  Payroll Office, Lora Benson, Payroll Manager lorab@princeton.edu 609-258-6056 
15.  Registrar’s Office, Jonathan LeBouef, Associate Registrar
       jlebouef@princeton.edu 609-258-3363
16.  Residential Colleges, Claire Fowler, Sr. Assoc. Dean of the College  cmfowler@princeton.edu
       609-258-5519; Mike Olin, Assoc. Dean molin@princeton.edu 609-258-3052
17.  Study Abroad (undergraduate), Gisella Gisolo, Director ggisolo@princeton.edu 609-258-1010