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Message from Associate Vice Provost Charles Bankart

On Monday morning, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) related to the entry of certain groups of foreign nationals into the United States.

Overview of the New Executive Order

The EO, which will go into effect on March 16, 2017, prohibits U.S. entry for 90 days for nationals of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The new EO also suspends decisions on all new applications for refugee status for a period of 120 days, beginning March 16, 2017. When the new EO goes into effect, the previous EO of January 27, 2017 (currently suspended by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals) will be revoked.

Who the Executive Order Applies To

The new Executive Order applies to nationals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen who:

  1. Are outside the U.S. on the effective date of the new Executive Order (March 16, 2017);
  2. Did not have a valid U.S. entry visa by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2017; and
  3. Do not have a valid U.S. entry visa by the effective date of the new Executive Order (March 16, 2017).

What Does this Mean?

All three conditions just cited must be met for the new Executive Order to apply to you. In other words, this only applies to nationals from the 6 affected countries who will be outside the U.S. on March 16, 2017 and who do not have a valid U.S. entry visa. If you obtained a visa prior to January 27, 2017 or between January 27, 2017 and March 16, 2017, you will be able to use that visa to enter the U.S. In effect, this means that the Port of Entry officials will be honoring the valid visas that have been issued to citizens of the 6 listed countries.

Who does this New Executive Order NOT Apply To:

  • Lawful permanent residents of the United States;
  • Dual nationals of one of the 6 affected countries traveling on a passport issued by an unaffected country;
  • Foreign nationals who are admitted to or paroled in the U.S. on or after the effective date of the order;
  • Anyone who has a valid Advance Parole travel document, or other entry document that is not a visa;
  • Foreign nationals traveling on a diplomatic or diplomatic-type visa, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visa, C-2 visa for travel to the United Nations, or G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visa;
  • Any foreign national who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture;
  • Refugee applicants who, before the effective date of this Executive Order of March 16, 2017, have been formally scheduled for transit by the U.S. Department of State.

Exceptions to the New Executive Orders Entry Restrictions

Another new aspect of Monday’s Executive Order is the explicit articulation of likely grounds for a waiver of entry restrictions to people from the 6 affected counties. Exceptions most relevant to the University of Kansas may include:

  • People who were previously admitted to the United States for a continuous period of work, study, or other long-term activity, are outside the United States on the effective date of this order, seek to reenter the United States to resume that activity, and the denial of reentry during the suspension period would impair that activity;
  • Foreign nationals traveling as United States Government-sponsored exchange visitors;
  • People who have previously established significant contacts with the United States but are outside the United States on the effective date of this order for work, study, or other lawful activity; or
  • Foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States to visit or reside with a close family member (e.g., a spouse, child, or parent) who is a United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, or alien lawfully admitted on a valid nonimmigrant visa, and the denial of entry during the suspension period would cause undue hardship.

KU continues to work actively with our professional associations, partner universities, and both federal and state authorities to fully outline the impact of this new Executive Order and to work toward a positive resolution. We will keep the campus community apprised of developments as they occur.

As Provost Bendapudi has written previously, the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses will not be changing admissions or hiring practices; the issuance of university sponsorship documents for students, visiting scholars, or employees applying for U.S. entry visas; or the services we provide to all international members of our community and their hosting units. It is important to remember that the Executive Order signed on Monday only relates to the U.S. entry of certain refugees and nationals from the 6 affected countries.

Panel Discussion on the Executive Orders: Thursday at 3:30 in Alderson Auditorium (Union)

On Thursday afternoon, please consider attending the Center for Global and International Studies’ panel discussion on the Executive Orders and how they impact immigration and refugees. Panelists will include experts on immigration law, migration and refugee movement, and refugee services both abroad and in the U.S. There will be open discussion to follow panel presentations. Panelists include:

  • Jacquelene Brinton (Moderator): Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Director, KU Middle East Studies Program
  • Abel Chikanda: Assistant Professor, Depts. of Geography and African & African American Studies
  • Lua Kamal Yuille: Associate Professor, KU School of Law
  • Special Guest Expert on refugee services

As we have been doing since the January 27th Executive Order, International Programs will be actively communicating updates and information as it is available. All information will also be posted on the International Programs website. I encourage you to reach out to us directly (cbankart@ku.edu) if you have any questions or concerns. Our doors are open and we are here to support you in any way that we can.


Charles Bankart, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for International Programs

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