[Last Updated: February 16, 2017]
For the latest information regarding the recent Executive Order on immigration, please refer to the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is affected by the Executive Order on entry?
Those affected have citizenship of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen including those who have dual citizenship (not including U.S. citizenship) in all non-immigrant visa types except A1-3, C-2, G 1-4, and NATO 1-8 visas.
- Does the Executive Order apply to permanent residents with citizenship from one of the seven countries named?
The original EO included this group, but that has now been rescinded. So, the answer now is NO. The Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary John Kelly, issued a statement on January 29, 2017, indicating that permanent residents may enter the U.S. as long as there is no “derogatory” information presented about the permanent resident.
- How will a citizen of these seven countries be affected?
If you are outside the United States and you are not a permanent resident, you will be barred from returning for 90 days or longer depending on the report by the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of State on April 26, 2017.
Recommendation: If you are a citizen of any of the countries named in the EO and you are not a permanent resident of the United States, we recommend that you not travel out of the United States until the ban is lifted.
Is there something I should do if I travel within the United States?
You should make sure to carry your immigration documents with you, proving you are in valid status. Because of increased enforcement, it is important to adhere to the rules of your visa status (e.g. F-1 student must be enrolled full time) to avoid any problems.
If you are stopped by the authorities, make sure you remain calm and polite. Have your documents with you. You may want to read or copy the ACLU information sheet.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact DISSA. We can provide you with information on available resources, including a list of immigration lawyers if needed.
Do I need to worry if I’m not from one of the seven countries and traveling internationally?
At this time, you do not need to worry. However, other countries may be added to the list depending on whether their governments provide the additional information to be requested by the Departments of State and Homeland Security.
If you are from a Muslim-majority country not on the list, we suggest that you remain alert to possible changes in the list of affected countries.
Are there any other concerns?
As always, we strongly recommend everyone follow the rules of their immigration status (e.g. F-1 enrolling as a full-time student).
The Department of State has revoked visas for offenses such as driving while intoxicated (also known as DUI), drug possession, and shoplifting. The consulates will typically email the student directly using the email address the applicant used on the visa application. This may be an email address you no longer use and may not be your Penn State email address.
The following Penn State University resources may be helpful to those affected by U.S. Immigration Policy changes.
- Urgent threatening or dangerous behavior: Penn State Harrisburg Police, 717-948-6232 or 911
- Reporting Wrongdoing
- Reporting Bias
- Counseling Services: 717-948-6025
- Legal Advice: Penn State Law
The following external resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to those affected by U.S. Immigration Policy changes:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- This page offers a summary of “Questions and Answers about the Executive Order” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Press Release: from Secretary John Kelly via Office of the Press Secretary, re Entry of Lawful Permanent Residents
- Entry of lawful permanent residents is permitted, if those LPRs are not considered a threat. This status will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
- Press Release: from The Department of Homeland Security via Office of the Press Secretary, re Recent Litigation
- In spite of litigation of recent Executive Orders on Immigration, the EOs remain in place and will be enforced.
- Press Release: from The Department of Homeland Security via Office of the Press Secretary
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection are currently complying with the orders.
- The Department of Homeland Security with the Departments of Justice and State are implementing the executive order.
- The Department of Homeland Security is working with airlines to prevent travelers who would not be granted entry under the executive orders from boarding international flights to the U.S.