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​​Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States​

​​ACLU: Know Your Rights​

​​Update: ​​Revisions to Executive Order 13​769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

​​On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised version of Executive Order 13769. The primary differences between this version and the original version are outlined here:

  • ​Iraq has been removed the list of countries whose citizens face a 90-day ban on travel to the United States
  • The order exempts those with valid visas or U.S. green cards (permanent residency)
  • The 120-day suspension on the U.S. refugee program remains, but removes extra restrictions for Syrian refugees 
  • The Executive Order goes into effect on March 16, 2017​

Update: ​Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ​Issues Stay​ on Executive Order​

On February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ordered a "stay" on President Trump's Executive Order ​13769, "Protecting The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." This means that ​citizens from the seven countries listed in the Order will continue entering the United States while court proceedings continue. ​The initial Executive Order called for a 120-day suspension of the refugee program, and indefinitely suspended Syrian refugee entrance to the U.S., but the Ninth Circuit ordered a "stay" on these as well, so currently, refugees from all countries are permitted to enter.

To summarize, the following occurred:

  • States challenged the Executive Order as unlawful and unconstitutional 
  • States asked for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) preventing the executive branch from enforcing the Order pending resolution of their challenges
  • The trial court granted the TRO
  • The Trump Administration appealed the TRO, asking for permission to enforce the Order 
  • The Government Court of Appeals denied the Administration's request 
Resources about these updates:

​​Executive Order on Immigration: January 27​

​​On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed "Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States."​ ​The Order suspends entry into the United States by immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - for the next 90 days. 

Please refer to the resources listed on this page for updated information and FAQs about this order and its impact on the Queens community.

If you have family members or friends that are affected, or you have concerns that you would like to discuss, please contact a PCIE staff member- we are here for you. Please know that Queens and the Pulliam Center for International Education value the rich diversity of our students and strive to always make this a welcoming place for you and a home away from home.​

​​Questions You Might Have

​​​What are the current executive orders?

  • ​​​As of February 2, 2017, President Trump has signed seven executive orders. ​An executive order operates as legislation until or unless it is contested in a court of law. 
  • For a current list of the executive orders, visit the The White House website.
  • This NPR article​ explains more about how executive orders work.​ 

​What are Queens and the​ MPCIE doing to advocate for international students?

  • ​We advocate for our international student population on a campus and community level by continuing to offer education and advising for internal and external partners regarding the complex matters that face the international population. As members of NAFSA, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to international education, we stay abreast of best practices, trends, and developments in the field and have access to the latest information regarding F-1 visa holder issues.
  • Dr. Pamela Davies, Queens President, has made two statements addressing recent immigration policy. 

​​​Will this executive order affect Optional Practical Training (OPT) options?

  • ​As of now, there has been no change to F-1 visa benefits such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or OPT. The MPCIE will continue to assist students in the OPT application process until or unless any regulation changes take place. We will continue monitoring these regulations.
  • USCIS Implementation of Jan. 27 Executive Order​

Where can I find more information on immigration issues?

Where can I find support if I feel stressed or anxious?
  • All Traditional Undergraduate students at Queens have access to free counseling services through the Health & Wellness Center. Please do not hesitate to contact this office if you are feeling uneasy, stressed, or anxious about these immigration regulations, or about anything else. 
  • Health & Wellness Center phone number: +1 704-337-2220
  • Graduate students may make a 15-20 minute appointment with the counselors at Queens for referrals to local practices.