President Trump has signed several Executive Orders with immigration implications since January 2017. Following the signing of the Executive Order 13769 “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on January 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order blocking its further implementation. On March 6th 2017 the President signed a revised version of the Executive Order which was scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Implementation of revised Executive Order 13780 has been blocked by a temporary restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Hawaii and also by a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Maryland.

The United States Department of State has announced, “As the Executive Order was not yet in effect, U.S. embassies and consulates continue to process visas for nationals of the six countries as before.  The Department will suspend implementation of provisions of the Executive Order as required by the relevant court orders.”

NOTE: Due to the fluid nature of this situation non-immigrant students and scholars from the six countries listed in Executive Order 13780 should not travel out of the U.S. without first consulting an immigration attorney. Depending on the results of ongoing litigation, travel could again be blocked for individuals from the six countries named in the Executive Order.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation following the signing of the Executive Orders. We will continue to update this page with information and resources. ISSS staff members are available to assist and support international students, faculty  and scholars who have questions or concerns. Know that international students, faculty and scholars are valued members of our UNC community and members of the university community stand ready to help and support international students and scholars during these uncertain times. Please visit our office or contact us at +1.919.962.5661 or isss@unc.edu.  Additional contact information for our advisers can be found on our contact page.  Our Resources for International Students and Scholars document provides links to campus and community resources for our international community.

1. Chronological Updates

  • June 26, 2017:  The Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions blocking Executive Orders to impose a travel ban signed by President Trump.  The court will hear the case in October. The Supreme Court’s order can be found here. More information is provided here.
  • June 21, 2017:  President Trump signed Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13597.  This order will roll back President Obama’s Executive Order for processing temporary visas within three weeks. This Executive Order is seen as  a step toward “Extreme vetting” of visa applications. Expect visa delays.
  • March 16, 2017: The S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017.
  • March 15, 2017: The U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780’s 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017.
  • March 6, 2017: President Trump signed a new executive order entitled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 that was issued on January 27, 2017. This new Executive Order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – and is effective on March 16, 2017.
  • February 9, 2017: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Temporary Restraining Order on Executive Order 13769
  • January 27, 2017: President Trump signed  Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.  Section 3 of the Executive Order states the U.S. will suspend immigrant and non-immigrant (H-1B, TN, F-1, O-1, J-1 etc.) entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen for 90 days from the date of the order.

2. Travel Advisory

Due to the fluid nature of this situation non-immigrant students and scholars from the six countries listed in Executive Order 13780 should not travel out of the U.S. without first consulting with an immigration attorney. Depending on the results of ongoing litigation, travel could again be blocked for individuals from the six countries named in the Executive Order.

For additional details, please refer to the following:

Inspection of Electronic Devices

U.S. Customs and Border Protection may conduct searches of electronic devices. This flyer contains detailed information about the Department of Homeland Security’s guiding principles in conducting searches of electronic devices at the border.

3. Executive Orders

4. Additional Resources

UNC-Chapel Hill Resources

Resources from Outside Organizations