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Immigration News

Suspension of Revised Executive Order (03/16/2017)
  • On Mar. 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on Mar. 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order.
  • On Mar. 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on Mar. 16, 2017.
  • Other sections of Executive Order 13780 that are not included in these court orders became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on March 16, 2017. These include Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program and Visa Validity as explained below in our 3/6/2017 update.

Revised Executive Order (03/06/2017) On 3/6/2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order revokes and replaces the previous order with the same title issued 1/27/2017. The order goes into effect on 3/16/2017. There are three major implications for the non-immigrant population of UT Dallas:
  1. 90 Day Suspension of Entry to the U.S. Impact: Certain Nationals of 6 Countries Outside the U.S.The order directly affects nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are physically outside the U.S. on the effective date of the order, 3/16/2017. The order bars certain nationals from these countries from entering the United States for 90 days beginning on the effective date. The bar does not apply to nationals of the 6 countries listed above who are:
    • Legal Permanent Residents (“green card holders”)
    • In possession of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa approved prior to 1/27/17 and valid as of 3/16/17.
    • Dual nationals with the United States
    • Dual national with a country on the list who will enter the U.S. with a valid passport issued by a country not on the list.
    U.S. Department of State Consular Officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers have the discretion to grant waivers and authorize visa issuance, or permit entry to the U.S., of a national whose entry would otherwise be suspended. At this point, it is unclear how waivers will be granted and how this order will affect nationals of these countries who wish to travel abroad and apply for a visa renewal during the 90 day period.
  2. Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program Impact: Most Nonimmigrants including F, J, H, etc.Effective 3/16/2017, all individuals seeking a non-immigrant visa (including F and J visas) must participate in an in-person interview. Exceptions exist for certain diplomatic visa categories.Resources:
  3. Visa Validity Impact: Certain Nationals of 7 Countries Listed in Executive Order 13769 dated 1/27/2017.
    • No immigrant or non-immigrant visa issued before the effective date of this order, 3/16/2017, shall be revoked pursuant to this order.
    • Individuals whose visa was revoked or canceled as a result of Executive Order 13769 shall be entitled to a travel document confirming that they are permitted to travel to the United States.
    • Any prior cancellation or revocation of a visa that was pursuant to Executive Order 13769 shall not be the basis for inadmissibility to the United States.

USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Starting Apr. 3, 2017, USCIS will suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Premium processing allowed expedited processing for certain H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. Resources : USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
U.S. Presidential Memorandum Regarding the implementation of the President's border security and immigration laws, international students who do not have a valid visa status in the U.S. are encouraged to seek legal advice about the options and issues they may have. UT Dallas students may contact Student Government or Off-Campus Immigration Resources for legal advice and resources. F-1 students who no longer have valid status and wish to regain status can review the ISSO Restore F-1 Status webpage and contact an immigration advisor at the ISSO for questions.
Announcement for International Travelers Travelers returning to the U.S. may experience heightened security at U.S. port of entries. Guidelines and recommendations for international students are on the ISSO Traveling Outside the U.S. webpage. If University travelers (students, faculty, or staff) experience any issues at the port of entry, they can call the International Center (972-883-4189) during business hours, or the UT Dallas Police Department (972-883-2222) outside of business hours.
H-1B Filing Season The H-1B filing season will start soon. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request and submit it to the ISSO in person during office hours or by e-mail to [email protected].
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in March The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. See below for opportunities that might interest you.
OPT Workshops for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107.
Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 on Tuesday, March 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.
Study Abroad for International Students Workshop Learn about options for maintaining your F-1 status if planning to study abroad as a UT Dallas student on Tuesday, March 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

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