On Monday, 26 June, 2017, the United States Supreme Court partially reinstated an Executive Order previously issued by President Trump which restricts immigrations of nations from six specified countries to the United States; unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. (It remains unclear specifically what legally constitutes a “bona fide” relationship.)
Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be barred from entering the U.S. for 90 days and refugees will be barred for 120 days. Individuals from these countries who possess a valid U.S. visa, those who hold legal permanent residence, and dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-restricted country, will not be affected. Individuals who are visiting close relatives, studying, teaching or working with American businesses are also likely to be excluded from the Order. Examples include students accepted to U.S. universities and an employee who has accepted a job with a company in the U.S., the court said. (CNN)
The Administration has yet to announce when the newly reinstated restrictions will be implemented, but reports are indicating implementation may occur within 72 hours of the partial reinstatement.
- Travelers from the affected countries should contact the U.S. embassy or relevant diplomatic missions for more information on the temporary restrictions.
- Nationals from countries not listed above are currently not affected by the Executive Order; however, the Order states that further countries may be added to the list of those affected by restrictions in the future.
- Monitor relevant developments in the coming days and weeks.
- Anticipate possible protests and disruption following the announcement. Avoid all gatherings as a routine precaution.
- Should related demonstrations occur at airports in the short-term, it is not expected they will affect flight schedules. However, in case of protests, travelers should contact the relevant airline, travel agent or the airport's website directly to reconfirm the status of flights prior to setting out.
For UT Austin International Students and Scholars, if you have any immigration-related questions about this development or possible impacts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (students) or email@example.com (scholars).
As always, if you are abroad and in need of immediate assistance (medical or security related) please call International SOS at +1-215-942-8059 (collect calls accepted) or UTPD at +1-512-471-4441.