Survival​ ​guide​ ​for​ ​newly​ ​admitted​ ​international​ ​students​ ​facing​ ​travel​ ​ban​ ​and​ ​visa​ ​reform under​ ​Donald​ ​Trump’s​ ​Administration

International students are advised against traveling internationally before the new executive order is issued.

There were 897,000 international students attending U.S. universities in 2016, contributing approximately $36 billions to the U.S. economy. Although these numbers are steadily increasing year over year, how many newly admitted international students for Fall 2017 are in the shadow of the travel ban and visa reform under President Trump’s Administration?

 

If you are a newly admitted student who never held the F-1 visa (student visa) from the U.S. before

 

  • You may not enter the U.S. if you are a national from one of the seven majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Although District Court Judge James Robart of the Western District of Washington in Seattle granted a Temporary Restraining Order(TRO) on the executive order, President Trump on February 16 said that his administration will issue a new executive order that avoids the violation of the Constitution in the following week. As of February 19, there’s a possibility that your visa application process will require a background check. If this background check prevents you from arriving at your new college on time for Fall 2017, you should contact your school for further information.

 

  • Your application process does not change if you are from any other country besides these seven majority-Muslim countries. You will schedule an in-person appointment with the U.S. consulate and apply for your F-1 visa.

 

If you are an international student with the F-1 visa transferring from another U.S. School

 

  • If you are from one of the seven majority-Muslim countries listed above, you should ask your current school to send a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System(SEVIS) record to your new school and contact your new school for further information.
  • If you are not from one of the seven majority-Muslim countries, you should still have your current SEVIS record transferred to your new school.

 

The current immigration policies and visa reform are very uncertain; students who are currently holding the F-1 visa are advised to avoid international travels if you are from one of the seven countries or if your visa is near its expiration date.  

 

References:

–     (There were 897,000 international students attending U.S. universities in 2016, contributing approximately $36 billions to the U.S. economy.) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-international-students-post-trump-met-20170112-story.html

–    https://international.uiowa.edu/us-presidential-executive-orders-and-international-students-and-scholars

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