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Recent Immigration Actions and Policies

The University actively monitors developments related to immigration policy, Executive Orders and other governmental actions that affect our international community. Below are resources on published guidance, UR practices, and emerging topics. Please review UR communications regarding immigration actions for the latest developments, reactions, and resources.


ISO Summaries: Executive Orders & Other Actions

ISO has created PDF handouts outlining important details of recent Executive Orders on immigration policy and other actions that could impact our international community.

  • Nov 2020 Summary of Travel Restrictions in place due to COVID-19, including Presidential proclamations, US Consular operations, and other government requirements.
  • Sept 2020 DHS Proposed Rule - Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of Foreign Information Media
    Note: See UR's Comment Letter (10/26/2020). DHS must now review written comments to revise their proposal and may issue a Final Rule, but the timeframe is not certain.
    (see Event Archives for a recorded session on this proposed action)
  • July 2020 Policy Memo - Supplementary SEVP Broadcast Message on COVID-19 and Fall 2020
    Note: This guidance and summary documentation is updated as of July 24, 2020, following legal action that resulted in ICE rescinding earlier guidance from July 6th. (see COVID-19 Info)
  • June 2020 Proclamation 10052 - Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • May 2020 Proclamation 10043 - Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China
  • Jan 2020 Proclamation 9983 - Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry
  • Aug 2018 Policy Memo—Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, & M Nonimmigrants
    (Please access recorded materials & handouts here.)
  • Sep 2017 Policy Memo—Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Apr 2017 EO 13788—Buy American and Hire American
  • Mar 2017 EO 13780—Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
  • Jan 2017 EO 13767—Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
  • Jan 2017 EO 13768—Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  • Jan 2017 EO 13769—Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (revoked 3/16/17)

Information Sessions

The Office for Global Engagement and the International Services Office (ISO) routinely publish information and hold information sessions regarding important changes and announcements that may impact our community. As needed, the ISO can arrange to meet with various UR constituents that might have questions or concerns regarding specific immigration issues or current climate. Please contact us to request such a session. Additionally, our Events page will post details on upcoming presentations, discussions, and opportunities for community engagement, as well as recorded materials from our Event Archives.

ISO Sponsorship Practices

An Executive Order signed on March 6, 2017 (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States #13769) indicates that individuals from designated countries would not be permitted to obtain a visa, admission to the United States, or immigration benefits. Following significant legal action based on this order, more guidance has been issued for specific countries. ISO continues to monitor such developments and is available to provide individual guidance to the University community as needed.

However, with considerable uncertainty about how various government agencies will interpret and enforce this and other policies, the University will continue to issue documentation for visas and program eligibility for all foreign nationals under our sponsorship. This includes Certificates of Eligibility (Forms I-20, DS-2019, etc.) for admitted students and qualified scholars.

The University will also support filings and recommendations for program benefits in accordance with F-1, J-1, H-1B, O-1 and TN regulations, including requests for employment authorizations or change of status.

Note: Applicants will still be subject to the current requirements and determinations of these government agencies. It may prove difficult, even with University support, for individuals from impacted countries to obtain a visa, enter the country, or receive approval of immigration benefits.

ISO staff will continue to offer guidance and assistance to interested individuals who may want to pursue their regulatory options. Please contact us.

Submit Questions or Concerns

Recent government actions regarding US immigration policy have created confusion and uncertainty for our international populations. To share your questions or concerns with ISO staff, complete our submission form. This information will be used to schedule follow-up advising appointments or to prepare for various information sessions. We are here to help!

External Resources

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Department of Homeland Security

Department of State

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

US Customs and Border Protection

Other Government Information