Presidential Actions

UPDATE: Federal Injunction Blocks Recent Presidential Proclamation Travel Ban

On October 17, 2017, a Hawaii Federal District Judge ordered a nationwide injunction against President Trump's third travel ban. The President’s September 24, 2017 proclamation, creating an indefinite ban on travel that targeted an overwhelmingly Muslim population, was set to go into effect October 18, 2017. The ruling, issued in Honolulu, applies only to the six Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, although the ban, announced in September, also limits travel from North Korea and Venezuela. For additional information, review the Attorney General News Release..


On 9/24/2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.

Affected Individuals

The suspensions and limitations on entry only apply to foreign nationals who are outside the United States, do not have a valid visa and do not qualify for a visa or travel document related to Executive Order 13769.

  • Entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended, except entry under valid student (F) and exchange visitor (J) status. F and J nonimmigrants may obtain visas and enter the US, although they will be subject to unspecified ‘enhanced screening and vetting requirements.’
  • Entry into the United States of nationals of Libya, Chad and Yemen, as immigrants and  nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended. Entry by other nonimmigrant visa categories such as F, J, H is not suspended.
  • Entry into the United States of nationals of Syria as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended.
  • Entry into the United States is suspended for certain government officials of Venezuela.

For exceptions and waivers to the suspensions and limitations please refer to the Proclamation.

Effective Dates:

  • The proclamation went into effect on 9/24/2017 for foreign nationals who were subject to Executive Order 13780.
  • The proclamation will go into effect on 10/18/2017 for nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

Implications for the non-immigrant population of UT Dallas:

  • If you are from one of the affected countries, and presently in the United States there are no immediate consequences. You are able to remain in the U.S. working and studying as appropriate for your visa category.
  • If you are from one of the affected countries, outside the United States, or planning to travel outside the US and re-enter, and have a valid visa you are exempt from the entry ban.
  • If you are from one of the affected countries, outside the United States, or planning to travel outside the US and re-enter, do not have a valid visa and do not qualify for the exceptions and waivers you are subject to the suspensions and limitations on entry.

Additional Resources:

DHS  frequently asked questions and fact sheet.