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KU Message on 12/4/17 Supreme Court Action

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked the ban, which allows the government to enforce Travel Ban 3.0 on all 8 countries (Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela).  This was the proclamation issued on Sept. 24, 2017 that was restricted in its implementation by several law suits still pending in the courts,

This new action will allow that Proclamation (Travel Ban) to be implemented fully, pending resolution of the government's appeal to the Ninth and Fourth Circuit Courts, and during any further Supreme Court proceedings on that issue. These appeals should be ruled on soon, so this information may change. 

What does this mean? 

  • If you are not  from one of these countries named above you should not see any change.
  • If you are from one of these countries and you have a current valid visa you should not have any trouble leaving and reentering the US.
  • If you are from one of these countires and your visa has expired you will need to renew your visa if you leave the US. Renewal of an F-1/2, or J-1/2 visa should not be a problem as long as you have the necessary documents – current I-20 or DS-2019 and financial proof of funding.
  • As we have mentioned in the past, there is always risk when you travel outside the US. If you are from one of these countries and you must travel outside the US in the near future we do ask that you check with the ISS office first. 

As mentioned above, current appeals may be heard soon.  You should check the International Programs website http://international.ku.edu/ for the latest information.

Here is a link to an article from the Washington Post on this latest action.


Here is a link with specific information on the Sept. 24 proclamation and details on the application to each country mentioned in the ban. 

Read NAFSA's Travel Ban 3.0 Advisory

As always, you can contact the ISS with any questions that you may have at ISS@ku.edu.\


Charles Olcese

Director, International Student Services

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