The United States Supreme Court issued a decision on June 26th, 2017, which temporarily re-instates certain portions of Executive Order 13780 (“EO”), and allows the federal government to restrict entry of certain refugees and foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Court expressly noted, however, that the EO may not be used to deny entry to those individuals who have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
While the Court cited several examples of such bona fide relationships (such as students admitted to a U.S. college or university and individuals employed by U.S. entities), we are awaiting further guidance from the State Department regarding the full application of these rules. We will provide additional guidance as it becomes available.
A final decision in this case is expected from the Court during the 2017-18 academic year. In the meantime, international students, staff, and faculty should continue to consult with the international education office for any individual guidance if they plan to travel or to study abroad.
Please see the following U.S. government resources regarding the recent re-implementation of some of the Travel Restrictions provisions due to the Executive Order:
Department of State: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/important-announcement.html
Department of Homeland Security and CBP: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/06/29/dhs-announces-implementation-travel-restriction-provisions