Executive Order FAQs

 

Executive Order on Immigration, Impact and Resources

Update:  June 27, 2017

The Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2017 regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders implemented a partial ban on on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).  Please refer to this Q and A on Supreme Court Decision Landis, Arns & Jayne for further information regarding this partial ban.

Update:  March 29, 2017

OIP is advising Iraqi students to seek legal advice from an immigration attorney before traveling outside the US.  This advice is based on directives from the Department of State to visa offices worldwide regarding additional scrutiny for some groups during the visa interview process.  Although Iraq was not listed in the most recent Executive Order, visa issuance is the sole discretion of the Department of State.  More information on the Department of State cables can be found here.

Update:  March 16, 2017

Due to court challenges in the states of Maryland and Hawaii provisions of the March 6, 2017 Executive Order have not been implemented.  Nevertheless, the guidance offered on this page is still active.

Update:  March 6, 2017

“Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed on March 6, 2017, includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). The new order revokes and replaces the first Executive Order.

  • New 90-day bar for 6 countries
  • Possible indefinite entry bar under section 2(e)
  • Continued suspension of Visa Interview Waiver Program
  • 120-day suspension of Refugee Admissions Program
  • Expedited completion of biometric entry-exit tracking system
  • Review of visa validity reciprocity agreements

The new March 6 Executive Order can be found here.

The US Department of Homeland Security Q&A on the recent EO can be found here.

The Executive Order signed on January 27 can be found here. That order has been replaced by the March 6 Executive Order.

Frequently Asked Questions- General

Frequently Asked Questions For Faculty, Staff, Students and Scholars from the countries listed on the January 27 or March 6 Executive Order (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen)

 General Questions

How has University of Maine and the OIP responded to the Executive Order?

The staff at the Office of International Programs understands that our first responsibility is to support our fellow colleagues and students. We take their fears and worries seriously and understand that these times call us to reach out to our constituents and to provide advice and resources. OIP hosted an information session for students featuring a local immigration attorney, Counseling Center staff and a faculty member from the Political Science Department. We continue to send email updates to our student, faculty and staff constituents and we are available to answer questions and discuss the concerns of our international students, scholars, and faculty. Click here if you would like to make an appointment with an OIP advisor.

OIP has been keeping up with the immigration updates and will continue to be vigilant, proactive and in close communication with University leadership. Please refer to President Hunter’s Message to the Community dated January 31, 2017, reaffirming UMaine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 Where Can I find Legal Support?

Students with legal questions are strongly encouraged to seek prompt legal advice for their specific personal and family circumstances. Resources to find an immigration attorney include:

  1. OIP can provide the names of some immigration attorneys.
  2. UMaine Student Government Association – For undergraduates, a local attorney provides free on-campus consultation for any legal issue. If you would like to set-up an appointment, you can contact sean.o’mara@umit.maine.edu or call  581-1789.

Where Can I find Other Support?

OIP and many other offices on campus are committed to providing comprehensive assistance to members of our international community.  Please feel free to make an appointment with an OIP adviser if you have questions or need a referral to another office or service.  We are here to help.

Bias Incident Support – To report an incident of bias and receive support please contact one of the following offices as appropriate:

Students- Office of International Programs 581-3437 or Office of Multicultural Student Life 581-1428.

Faculty/Staff – Office of Equal Opportunity 581-1226.

Bias incidences should also be reported to the University of Maine Campus Police at 581-4040.

The University of Maine Counseling Center is ready to assist as appropriate. Call 581-1392 or visit their website.

 

If I am from one of the 7 countries listed by the Executive Orders (Iran, Iraq, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen)…

Can I travel to and from the U.S.?

We strongly recommend that students, scholars, faculty and staff and their dependents from the 6 countries listed obtain legal advice from an immigration attorney before traveling internationally.

Please discuss your individual plans for travel with immigration specialist at OIP.

Does the Executive Order affect my current non-immigrant status or ability to study in the U.S.?

No, but it is critical that all individuals on a non-immigrant status (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) ensure that they continue to maintain their immigration status.  For example, students should maintain full-time enrollment, keep your immigration documents updated and carry these documents with you at all times.

If you have questions on what you need to do to maintain your particular visa status please see an immigration adviser at OIP.

What can I do to protect my non-immigrant status and ability to travel in the future?

 Taking the necessary steps to maintain your current non-immigrant status is very important.  If you have questions on what you need to do to maintain your particular visa status please see an immigration advisor at OIP.

As stated above, we strongly recommend that individuals from the countries listed in the Executive Order should seek legal advice from an attorney before traveling outside the US.

What can I do if I am traveling and detained at the U.S. port of entry?

First, call an immigration attorney. If you do not have an immigration attorney, ask OIP for a referral before you leave the US.

Second, contact OIP. We cannot give legal advice but can provide you with a list of available resources.

Does the executive order affect my family’s travel to and from the United States?

The Executive Order may affect your family’s international travel, depending upon whether they are from one of the 6 listed countries, their travel destinations, or the U.S. visa, and U.S. residency status of the individuals traveling. Please see the FAQ published by the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you choose to travel within the U.S be sure to travel with all your immigration related documents that support your lawful immigration status in the U.S.

Will UMaine issue a Form I-20 or DS-2019 to me if I’m admitted and eligible to receive one?

Yes, UMaine retains the ability to issue Form I-20 or DS-2019s to students regardless of the country.

Does the executive order apply to other immigration benefits such as extending current status or other common benefits?

No, the Executive Order applies only to entry to the U.S. The ability to apply for and extend current visa status, common work authorizations (i.e. OPT, Academic Training) for eligible students and scholars remain intact. Also, this hasn’t impacted those eligible to apply for, H-1B status, Lawful Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship from within the United States.

Does it affect my current visa status or my job position?

No, but it is critical that all international faculty and staff on a non-immigrant status (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) ensure that they continue to maintain their immigration status.

If I am a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) can I travel to and from the U.S.?

The Executive Order does not apply to certain individuals, such as lawful permanent residents of the United States; foreign nationals admitted to the United States after the effective date of the order; individuals with a document that is valid on the effective date of the order or any date thereafter which permits travel to the United States; dual nationals when travelling on a passport issued by a non-designated country; foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic, NATO, C-2 for travel to the United Nations, G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visas; and individuals already granted asylum or refugee status in the United States before the effective date of the order.

Please refer to the Fact Sheet published by the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

NOTE: We still encourage permanent residents to consult an immigration attorney before traveling due to inconsistent practices by Customs and Border Protection.

Where can I find support if I have concerns?

OIP can provide support and answers to many questions. You can make and appointment with an adviser here. If we cannot answer your question or provide the direct support we will encourage students, faculty, and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys.

If I am NOT from one of the 7 countries…

Should I be concerned about this Executive Order?

OIP has been keeping up with the immigration updates and will continue to be vigilant, proactive and in close communication with University leadership. We will continue to update the campus international community as needed.

It is critical that all international students and scholars on a non-immigrant status (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) ensure that they continue to maintain their immigration status.  If you have questions about what you need to do to maintain your current status please make an appointment with an immigration adviser at OIP

Can I travel to and from the U.S.?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have broad discretion at points of entry to grant or deny entrance into the United States, therefore, we suggest monitoring available updates on the CBP website which contains FAQ’s that impacted or concerned students/faculty should read, print out, and carry with them when they travel internationally.

Please note that the March 6th EO includes the suspension of the visa interview waiver program. If you need to renew your visa while abroad be sure to allow plenty of time for the visa process in case there are delays.  This suspension remains in spite of the court ordered hold on the EO.

Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you choose to travel within the U.S be sure to travel with all your immigration related documents that support your lawful immigration status in the U.S.

Where can I find support if I have concerns?

OIP can provide support and answers to many questions. You can make an appointment with an adviser here. If we cannot answer your question or provide the direct support we will encourage students, faculty, and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys. See List of Attorneys.