Jan. 31, 2017

Dear Campus Friends,

On behalf of the University of Kansas and all of us here in International Programs I want you to know that we are working day and night to articulate the implications of the new administration’s Executive Orders and to ensure you have this information, as well as our very best recommendations.

As all of you know, these times are unprecedented and bring with them new challenges. We will face these challenges together as one. The community of scholars from around the world that we have painstakingly built over the past 150 years is our bedrock. We are all Jayhawks and we are here for you.

At this point, we know that the Executive Order titled, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” has immediately done two things:

  • Prohibited U.S. entry for the next 90 days of all nationals of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. This ban includes all citizens of those countries, including many dual nationals. As originally issued, this order also included U.S. permanent residents who have retained their citizenship with the listed counties. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has since formally reversed its stance on U.S. permanent residents, but the reversal is not being uniformly followed.
  • Suspended the admission to the United States of all refugees for a period of 4 months and suspended the admission of all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

In light of these orders, we strongly advise against travel outside the U.S. for those with citizenship ties to Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. I would extend that caution to those U.S. citizens considering travel to the listed countries in light of the potential for reciprocal action on the part of those countries’ governments. As we gain clarity on this new order, we will communicate additional details.

While there is no immediate cause for concern, all non-immigrant visa status holders in the United States should be aware that visa processing abroad may be slower than normal.  When traveling outside the United States, if you will require a new U.S. entry visa from a consulate prior to returning to the U.S., please take this into account. Wait times for new visa appointments and the review period prior to the issuance of a U.S. entry visa is highly variable at this time.

We know that things are happening fast and that access to timely and accurate information is critical. We have established a central KU site for the posting of all university communications related to these Executive Orders, as well as recommendations and resources. Please go to the International Programs site for details. I would also ask you to write me at cbankart@ku.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or issues that you need to report. I want to know how these Executive Orders are impacting you and your colleagues so that the university has as full a picture as possible of the impact these Executive Orders are having and can proceed accordingly. I would like to add that the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (IOA@ku.edu) is also always there for our community and I encourage you to report any and all discriminatory behavior to IOA immediately. KU has no room for discrimination in any form.

I also want to be sure you know that Provost Neeli Bendapudi will be hosting a gathering on campus this Wednesday on the 3rd floor of the Watson Library from 5:30 to 6:30. We will share information, answer the questions we are able to answer, and want to hear from you. This is a time to come together as one community to talk and listen. I will be there with Provost Bendapudi and many of my colleagues, and I sincerely hope you can be there too. In the meantime, please check our website regularly for new information and do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.


Charles A.S. Bankart

Interim Associate Vice Provost for International Programs

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