Presidential Executive Orders-Office of International Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, March 6, 2017

Presidential Executive Orders

Presidential Executive Orders help the administration implement policy.  For more information or historical context, you can read Executive Orders 101

When an Executive Order is issued, there often is a period of uncertainty as the responsible agencies move to implement the order.  That may necessitate issuing regulations, which can take time.  There may also be legal challenges to Executive Orders.  While people who are impacted by an Executive Order should pay attention to the order, there may be periods of time when there are questions but no definitive answers.  OIE staff are committed to monitoring these issues in order to keep the CMU community informed.

March 16, 2017: Federal judge grants restraining order halting implementation (nationwide) of the March 6th Executive Order.

March 8, 2017: Email to students and scholars about EO and opportunity for phone consultations with an immigration attorney.

March 6, 2017

Executive Order:  Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States

On March 6th, President Trump signed a new Executive Order which temporarily suspends travel to the US for citizens of 6 countries:  Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and temporarily suspends entry of refugees.  The Executive Order also suspends waivers of visa interviews, thus requiring in-person visa interviews for all visa applicants.  This new Executive Order allow citizens of the six countries who HAVE valid visas to travel and re-enter the US and provides for the possibility of a waiver for some people, including students/scholars who have been in the US.

The Dept. of Homeland Security has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the Executive Order.

Travel Advisory to Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order  updated 3/16/2017

Regardless of country of citizenship, it may take additional time to obtain a visa interview as there may be more people seeking interview appointments.  All travelers should carefully consider timing issues when making travel plans, including reviewing visa wait times before scheduling flights. Students and scholars should also review OIE's travel guidance and carry the appropriate documentation when traveling. 

If you are a citizen or national of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan or Yemen, OIE advises that you not travel outside the US unless you have a valid visa while this Executive Order is in effect if you need to return to the US.  If you must travel (family emergency, etc.), we encourage you to speak with your OIE advisor or an immigration attorney prior to traveling. 

February 14, 2017:  Open Forum on Immigration Policies  Audio of presentation about the Jan. 27 Executive Order and question/answer session available to Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff.

January 27, 2017:   See OIE's January News for information about the first Executive Order banning travel.

FAQs--for all international students & scholars 

Updated 3/16/2017