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Executive Order, UK Impact and Resources

“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 executive order can be found here https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-p...

US Department of Homeland Security Q&A on the recent EO: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/qa-protecting-nation-foreign-terrori...

Late Friday, January 27, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The Executive Order was almost immediately put into force by Customs and Border Protection personnel. The executive order prohibits non-U.S. citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States until at least April 27, 2017. The order also temporarily halts the refugee program and the Syrian refugee program, indefinitely. This order has resulted in uncertainty for affected individuals traveling internationally and, according to news reports, some travelers are experiencing difficulties reentering the United States.

The executive order can be found here.

Federal agencies are providing additional information on the executive order but implementation has been inconsistent.

For additional information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, see: https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states.

What is the Presidential Executive Order on Immigration?

“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 executive order can be found here https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

US Department of Homeland Security Q&A on the recent EO: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/qa-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states


How has University of Kentucky and the UK International Center responded to the Executive Order?

At the University of Kentucky International Center we understand that our first responsibility is to support our fellow students and colleagues. We take their fears and worries seriously, and understand that these times call us to be allies to those who are vulnerable.

The UKIC 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 Capilouto’s campus message dated January 30, 2017. For more details on the UKIC response, read UKIC Statement on Executive Order on Immigration.


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. American Immigration Lawyers Association Immigration Lawyer Referral Service – provides referrals to immigration attorneys across the U.S. - http://www.ailalawyer.com/
  2. ISSS can provide the names of some immigration attorneys. See attorney list below.
  3. UK Student Government Association –A local attorney provides free on-campus consultation for any legal issue. If you would like to set-up an appointment, you can contact Lynn Fresca, Staff Associate/Student Government Office Manager via email or call 257-3191.
  4. Maxwell Street Legal Clinic - Offer a range of low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants and refugees.For more information visit their web site: http://maxlegalaid.kyequaljustice.org/Immigration

Where Can I find Other Support?

  1. Bias Incident Support - To report an incident of bias and receive support please visit the website: https://www.uky.edu/vipcenter/content/bias-incident-support
  2. Counseling Center - Counseling Center (UKCC) in Frazee Hall is ready to assist as appropriate. Call 257.8701 or visit Frazee Hall, room 106 for an Initial Assessment (IA), M-F, 9am-3pm or visit their website at http://www.uky.edu/counselingcenter/
  3. The Office Academic Ombud Services - Supports and assists students with academic accommodations. Please visit their website at https://www.uky.edu/Ombud/

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

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

Please discuss your individual plans for travel with immigration specialist in 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.).


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

It is critical that all international students and scholars on a nonimmigrant status (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) ensure that they continue to maintain their immigration status. U.S. Customs and Border Protection bureau (CBP) is charged with the front-line inspection and admission process at U.S. ports of entry (POEs).


What can I do to protect my nonimmigrant status and ability to travel in the future?

Avoiding international travel may be the wisest course at this time. If you have the ability to obtain a more durable immigration status such as Lawful Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship, taking steps to do so may improve your ability to remain in the U.S. and travel internationally in the future without interruption.


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, please see the list of potential resources at the end of these FAQs.

Second, contact the UK Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the International Center – (859) 323-2121. ISSS cannot provide you 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; U.S. visa, and U.S. residency status of the individuals traveling. Please see https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/qa-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states


Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you must 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 UK issue a Form I-20 or DS-2019 to me if I’m admitted and eligible to receive one?

Yes, UK 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.

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.

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/fact-sheet-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states
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?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide support and answers to many questions. You can come to 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.). If we cannot answer your question or provide direct support we will encourage students, faculty and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys. See List of Attorneys.

Should I be concerned about this Executive Order?

The UKIC has been keeping up with the immigration updates and will continue to be vigilant, proactive and in close communication with University leadership.


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 follow instructions about travel at http://www.uky.edu/international/ISSS/Current_Student_Services/Travel


Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you must 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?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide support and answers to many questions. You can come to 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.). If we cannot answer your question or provide direct support we will encourage students, faculty and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys. See List of Attorneys.

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

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

Please discuss your individual plans for travel with immigration specialist in 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.).


Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you must 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.


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

It is critical that all international faculty and staff on a nonimmigrant status (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) ensure that they continue to maintain their immigration status. U.S. Customs and Border Protection bureau (CBP) is charged with the front-line inspection and admission process at U.S. ports of entry (POEs).


Does the executive order apply to other immigration benefits such as extending current work visa status or applying for a Green Card?

No, the executive order applies only to entry to the U.S. The ability to apply for and extend current work visa status for eligible students and scholars or to apply for Lawful Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship from within the United States has not been impacted.

Please see https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/fact-sheet-protecting-nation-foreign...


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

First, call your immigration attorney. If you do not have an immigration attorney, please see the list of potential resources at the end of these FAQs.

Second, contact the UK Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the International Center – (859) 323-2121. ISSS cannot provide you legal advice but can provide you with a list of available resources.

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.
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/06/fact-sheet-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states


Where can I find support if I have concerns?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide support and answers to many questions. You can come to 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.). If we cannot answer your question or provide direct support we will encourage students, faculty and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys. See List of Attorneys.

Should I be concerned about this Executive Order?

The UKIC has been keeping up with the immigration updates and will continue to be vigilant, proactive and in close communication with University leadership.


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. Also, we recommend checking with ISSS for any new updates or information.


Can I travel inside the U.S.?

The executive order does not address travel within the U.S. If you must 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?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide support and answers to many questions. You can come to 216 Bradley Hall during our walk-in hours (M-F 8-12 p.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m.). If we cannot answer your question or provide direct support we will encourage students, faculty and staff to seek the advice of qualified immigration attorneys. See List of Attorneys.

How do I find an Immigration Attorney?

Below is a list of attorneys provided as a courtesy to help UK students and scholars who may need help with locating an attorney. This list is not exhaustive. For immigration matters that don’t require University sponsorship or financial support (employment-based petitions), students and scholars can use any attorney of his or her choice. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is also an excellent resource for locating attorneys: www.aila.org. Click on “Need a Lawyer.”

Firms with Kentucky locations:

Dinsmore & Shohl
101 S. Fifth St., Suite 2500
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone (502) 540-2300 Fax (502) 585-2207
Or
255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone (513) 977-8200 Fax (513) 977-8141

Judith K. Jones- Toleman

Jjimmlaw@aol.com
PO Box 118
Lexington, KY 40588-0118
Phone (859) 396-7230

Stoll Keenon & Ogden PLLC

Charles R. Baesler Jr.
Charles.baesler@skofirm.com
Stoll Keenon, Ogden
300 W Vine St., Suite 2100
Lexington, KY 40507-1801
Phone (859) 231-3944

Wyatt Tarrant & Combs

250 West Main St., Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507
Glen Krebs
(859) 288-7409

Firms located outside Kentucky:

Jeffries & Corigliano, LLP

1560 Broadway, Suite 914
New York, NY 10036-1537
(212) 764-4222

Ware | Immigration

3850 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 555
Metairie, LA 70002-1752
(800) 537-0179 Fax (504) 830-5909