Executive Order on Immigration Information, Updates, and Advisories

The information on this resource page is intended to assist students, scholars, and other members of the Princeton University community who may be impacted by the Executive Orders on immigration.

You are strongly advised to read through the guidance below and to speak with someone at the Davis International Center at  puvisa@princeton.edu, or your own immigration counsel, if you have concerns about your particular circumstances before making any travel plans or taking any immigration-related actions.   

We value the important contributions of all the members of our community, and we are concerned about the impact the Order may have on them and their studies, scholarly teaching, and research.  As President Eisgruber stated in addressing the issue, “Princeton today benefits tremendously from the presence of extraordinary individuals of diverse nationalities and faiths, and we will support them vigorously.”

This resource page is divided into 3 sections:



December 5, 2017 - The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday which permits the Trump Administration to fully enforce the September 24, 2017 travel ban proclamation 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 an advisor with any questions, concerns, or before making international travel plans.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 12/4/2017

November 22, 2017 - The U.S. State Department has issued updated guidance on the travel ban in light of a recent federal appeals court ruling. In summary, nationals of the six countries will continue to be exempt from the restrictions if they have a bona-fide relationship with a U.S. person or entity. 

Source: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 11/20/2017

October 17, 2017 - A federal District Court in Hawaii has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order that prohibits the Trump Administration from implementing most of the travel restrictions of a September 24 presidential proclamation.

The court determined that the ban on the entry of nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen illegally discriminates based on nationality.  Travel restrictions on certain Venezuelan government officials and on nationals of North Korea remain in place.  

The Trump Administration is expected to appeal the decision.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide Client Alert, 10/17/2017.

Effectively, this ruling opens the door for new U.S. visa applications from nationals of the impacted countries. International students, scholars, and staff who were physically present in the United States when the proclamation was announced were already considered exempt. The decision does not impact security reviews conducted as part of a visa application. Therefore, we are still recommending caution when traveling with an expired visa. Please speak with a Davis International Center advisor before making international travel plans. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 - 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 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 (i.e., Administrative Processing), and possibly long delays will still be part of the visa application process.   

Davis International Center staff are available to assist you and answer questions. Please reach out to us and other available University resources during these uncertain times. Updates will be posted on this page, as needed.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Alert, September 25, 2017.

JUNE 27, 2017 - The U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that it was keeping the suspension of the travel ban in place for those with U.S. ties. As such, the travel ban will not be applied at this time to nationals of the six restricted countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) who are international students or have other ties to the U.S. such as an employer-sponsored visa (e.g., H-1B, J-1). The Court will consider the travel ban executive order in full in its next term starting in October 2017.  

As a reminder, nationals from these six countries were already exempt from the March 6 executive order travel restrictions based on a variety of circumstances. For example, U.S. permanent residents, dual nationals travelling with a passport from a non-restricted country, and current multiple-entry visa holders were not subject to the travel ban. The Court’s decision does not change this.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide June 26, 2017 U.S. Client Alert

MARCH 30, 2017 - A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended the March 16 temporary restraining order (TRO) that blocked enforcement of the Trump administration's revised ban on travel to the United States from six countries.  The judge turned the TRO into a preliminary injunction.  Unlike a TRO, a preliminary injunction will stay in place throughout the entirety of the litigation in Hawaii, unless there is a reversal by a higher court. While these court orders mean that the travel ban in the March 6, 2017 Executive Order is not currently in effect, it is expected that the Trump administration will appeal this decision prompting further litigation.  

MARCH 16, 2017 - A federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that halts the March 6, 2017 Executive Order travel ban on nationals of 6 countries (see March 6 below).  This means that foreign nationals that would have been subject to the travel ban should be able to apply for visas and enter the U.S. if they are otherwise admissible.  As always, members of the Princeton community should reach out to the Davis International Center or their own legal counsel before traveling since it is not known how or when future rulings may impact travelers. 

MARCH 6, 2017 – President Trump signed a revised Executive Order that includes an entry ban on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days beginning March 16 at 12:01 am eastern time.  The new Order no longer includes Iraqi nationals or current valid visa holders in the 90-day travel ban; allows case-by-case waivers in certain situations; and exempts certain categories of individuals completely, including permanent residents and current visa holders. This revised Order revokes and replaces the President’s previous Executive Order dated January 27, 2017.

(Source: Fragomen Worldwide)

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

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 
2.     Office of Religious Life (ORL), Imam Sohaib Sultan ssultan@princeton.edu  609-258-3042        
3.     Carebridge Assistance Program for faculty and staff: 

Other Campus Resources

1.   Career Services, Pulin Sanghvi, Executive Director pulins@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

Executive Order on Immigration Information, Updates, and Advisories