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This page serves as a resource to capture the changing regulatory policies for visa holders in the United States, as well as to document the public response from the academic community. It will be updated as additional guidance and information is available.
June 26, 2017
On Monday, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban in section 2(c) of Executive Order 13780. This decision will result in section 2(c) being enacted except under certain conditions. It is expected to be enforced within 72 hours and will result in the travel ban for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen “who lack a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
In addition, the Court formally lifted the injunction on the section outlining the government's study which could lead, under section 2(e) of the executive order, to an indefinite ban on entry by nationals of countries that do not provide the U.S. government with sufficient information on citizens who are applying for U.S. visas or immigration benefits.
While the Court cited several examples of such “bona fide relationships” — such as students admitted to a U.S. college or university or individuals employed by U.S. entities — further guidance from the State Department is needed regarding full application of these rules. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on this case in October, and a final decision is expected during the 2017-18 academic year.
Georgia Tech's Office of International Education and Global Human Resources will continue to stay abreast of the changes and provide updates as they are available. We encourage our international students, staff, and faculty to contact OIE for individual guidance if they are planning to travel or study abroad.
June 21, 2017
- On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the White House issued an executive order which amends Executive Order 13597, enacted in 2012. This amended executive order rescinds a provision, subsection (b)(ii) of Section 2, which Established Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force On Travel and Competitiveness, stating that consulates should “ensure that 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of receipt of application.” The rescission of this subsection removes specific timelines for the visa interview to occur.
March 6, 2017
- On Monday, March 6, 2017, a new executive order related to immigration travel visas was signed. Specific information to F and J students and scholars will be posted on the OIE website as it becomes available.
- On Tuesday, March 7, President G.P. “Bud” Peterson released a statement in response to the newest executive order.
- Georgia Tech provides an Employee Assistance Program to all benefits-eligible staff and faculty (and their families) for consultation on a range of topics, including legal advice. Additional support may be obtained via Georgia Tech's Global Human Resources.
- Students with questions are encouraged to direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Division of Student Life also offers a number of services to aid students in need.
February 1, 2017
- The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) offer its statement, with questions and answers, on the executive order.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also offered a statement on compliance and enforcement of the executive order.
- The U.S. Department of State has updated its Office of Visa Services website to reflect the new directive.
January 29, 2017
- President G.P. "Bud" Peterson offered a statement regarding the executive order.
- To understand the executive order and its implications, NAFSA: Association of International Educators offers a detailed explanation. In addition, the Council on Global Immigration shared its summary on how the order affects employment.