Information and Resources Regarding Executive Order on Immigration
On Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an Executive Order suspending entry into the United States of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for the next 90 days. The Executive Order will also impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars. Please refer to this page for updated information and resources on how this affects UIS faculty, students, and staff.
Recommendation (January 28, 2017) The university recommends that citizens from these countries avoid traveling outside the U.S. until there is a further assessment of the new policy. Furthermore, friends and family members from the seven countries should be advised not to travel to the U.S. at this time. The university will continue to carefully monitor this situation and provide updates as we receive them.
(March 21, 2017) Since the original Executive Order, there have been multiple court rulings and revisions to the Executive Order. For the most up-to-date guidance and critical information, please view the NAFSA’s Travel Advisory website. Many links to various resources are also available below.
Travel Information for UIS International Students
Are you planning to travel outside the U.S. over Spring Break? If so, please check your Form I-20. Remember, the travel endorsement is good for one year. If you need a new travel signature, you will need to bring your I-20 and passport to the ISS Office during Walk-In Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. We will provide you with a pink travel slip to fill out and you will be able to obtain a travel signature that same day. Please remember to request a signature at least 2 weeks prior to your planned travel.
We understand that students may have concerns about how the new U.S. presidential administration will impact immigration laws. When traveling outside the U.S., be prepared for more questions, longer lines, and additional wait times going through customs. Make sure that you travel with all required documents and review travel information on the ISS website prior to departure. We are happy to discuss any concerns that you have during Walk-In Hours and provide travel advice. Information regarding the travel advisory will be continuously updated and we encourage you to view this information before and throughout your travels.
- Read more information on the Executive Order and NAFSA’s travel advisory regarding the ban: Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order
- University of Illinois President Killeen’s Statement on Executive Order on Immigration
- Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources
- Tips for Surviving in a Time of Immigration Uncertainty
- Q&A: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States
- The Office of International Student Services provides support and guidance to our F-1 visa international students and can assist with travel questions. UIS is communicating with affected members of our community and is providing information and support. Jonathan GoldbergBelle is the main point of contact at UIS for questions regarding the Executive Order. You may email Jonathan at email@example.com or call 217-206-8319.