Campus Response to Immigration Orders
February 9, 2017 - Ninth Circuit rules against reinstating travel ban
February 3, 2017 - AG Ferguson obtains court order halting Trump immigration action
February 2, 2017 - Statement from the International Student Center on the Immigration Executive Order
Dear SU International Students,
The Seattle University International Student Center realizes that the recent immigration policy changes enacted by the Trump Administration have had a big impact on our international students and scholars. As a new government administration is now in Office here in the United States, there are always changes to large-scale societal systems that accompany new leadership, and I am writing to update you on what these changes are and how they might impact you as a non-resident immigrant within the USA. This Executive Order contains provisions that seriously impact individuals from particular countries of origin. Additionally, effects of the Executive Order’s increased screening procedures will likely have an impact on travel and possibly adjudication of USCIS benefits for many other immigrant or non-immigrant visa holders. If you have any immediate questions or concerns about your immigration status, please know that the International Student Center is here as an immigration resource. Before I get into the overview of the Executive Order I wanted to make you aware of some upcoming programs on campus that are geared toward providing immigration support.
- Advocacy for Undocumented & International Students with Immigration Attorney David Ware, Tuesday, February 7, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wyckoff Auditorium
- Immigration Forum for International Students, Friday, February 10, 1:00pm-2:30pm, PAVL 160 (ISC Lounge) (NOTE: THIS IS A NEW DATE AND TIME THAN THE ONE SENT OUT THIS WEEK ON THE ISC LISTSERV)
- Catholics Called to Accompaniment: An Immigration Summit in Partnership with the Archdiocese of Seattle & St. James Cathedral Immigration Assistance, February 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, Student Center Room 160
Overview of the JANUARY 27, 2017 Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”
Individuals on both Immigrant* or Non-Immigrant Visas from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (ie. Nationals of these countries, or including those who were born in or are permanent residents of these countries, or are dual nationals) please be aware of the following key issues which directly impact the ability to obtain visas or enter the US.
- Suspension of Visas and Entry to U.S.- The Executive Order specifically suspends issuance of U.S. visas or permission to enter the US for 90 days, starting from January 27, 2017. At this time it is unclear when visa issuance and re-entry permission will resume.
- Possible Suspension of USCIS benefits- The Executive Order also includes wording which suggests that USCIS benefits (such as Change of Status, Employment Authorization including OPT and OPT STEM Extensions, H1-B petitions) may also be suspended for 90 days from January 27, 2017.
- *UPDATE: Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet on January 29, 2017 invoking an exception to the entry ban for Lawful Permanent Residents (AKA: green card holders) of the United States travelling on a valid I-551 (commonly called green card). Lawful Permanent Residents will be assessed at arrival ports of entry, and will be permitted entry subject to security checks.
Individuals on Immigrant or Non-Immigrant Visas from all other countries please be aware of the following additional issues of concern. For the near future, the SU International Student Center recommends minimizing international travel due to the changing nature of the new administration’s policies on visas and U.S. entry.
- Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program (VIWP)- The Executive Order suspends the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows individuals to apply for visas or visa renewal without an in-person interview. Effective immediately, interviews will be required for all visa applications.
- Increased Screenings, Possible Travel and USCIS Processing Delays- Due to the Executive Order’s suspension of VIWP and call for increased scrutiny at the Port of Entry and at consulates and embassies abroad, immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers should expect increased travel delays when applying for a new U.S. visa or when entering the U.S. The new Executive Order also suggests that USCIS benefits will undergo increased screening, which is likely to cause delays in benefit issuance.
- Future Changes in Visa Issuance for additional countries- Provisions of the Executive order call for a review of U.S. visa issuance procedures in all countries, as well as visa reciprocity provisions. These continuing revisions and reviews may result in countries being added to or removed from the visa/entry suspension list, changes in fees, or visa lengths.
The International Students Center will continue to monitor immigration related changes impacting our international students, and if you need anything our have outstanding questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 206-296-6260 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Student Center Team