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Hello Students & Scholars,

UPDATE: As of March 15, 2017, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland issued temporary restraining orders (TRO) that block the new Executive Order from taking effect nationwide on March 16, 2017. At this time an appeal to these decisions are expected.

As I am sure you have heard, the White House has issued a new Executive Order (EO) related to immigration that replaces the previous EO issued on January 27th. This new order is expected to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 16th and will remain in effect for 90 days. This new EO contains a few important differences that continue to impact members of the SIU community.


These changes include:

  • Iraq has been removed from the list of countries; the new order applies to nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • Exempts U.S. Permanent Residents and dual passport holders (dual citizens) who are traveling on a passport from an unrestricted country.
  • Exempts individuals who currently hold a valid visa, meaning that nationals of the six countries should be able to travel to and from the U.S. as long as the visa remains valid. (Please see travel advisory section if you are planning to travel).

At this time, we are continuing to monitor this very fluid situation that is ever-changing. We are continuing to develop and improve resources available to students and scholars to ensure that all information is disseminated in a timely manner. For this reason, we encourage all students to remain diligent in checking email correspondence from our office. Do NOT ‘opt out’ or ‘unsubscribe’ from email communication. If you do not currently have access to your SIU.EDU email inbox, please contact SalukiTech to regain access. Another place to access information is the Center for International Education SIU Facebook page. We encourage you to ‘Like’ our page to stay up-to-date.


We are also working to continue informative discussion among students, scholars, faculty, and the campus community. Announcements pertaining to upcoming events and opportunities are forthcoming.


Please be aware that changes are possible at a very quick rate of change. There are many states challenging this new EO in the court system at this time. Two hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th in cases brought by Maryland and Hawaii. A third possible challenge has been sought by Washington state that will depend on rulings set by the first two hearings.


If you have any questions, we encourage that you reach out and speak to an advisor at the Center for International Education office. We hope you are having a great Spring Break!


Sincerely,


Center for International Education Staff

Travel Advisory:

International Travel:

  • At this time, we are advising students and scholars to avoid unnecessary travel outside of the U.S. as the current situation is changing rapidly.
  • If you do choose to travel outside of the U.S., please be sure to plan ahead and acquire a travel endorsement on your form(s) DS-2019 or I-20. You will need to carry your valid multiple entry visa, passport, proof of enrollment (class schedule from SalukiNet), and confirmation of payment of your SEVIS I-901 fee (printable from fmjfee.com).

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please refer to:

Domestic Travel:

It is recommended to carry your I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 printout on domestic flights when traveling within the U.S.