MIT joins court brief in support of "Dreamers" - Legal filing is part of larger set of Institute actions to aid DACA students (MIT News Office)
On September 24, the White House released the Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists Or Other Public-Safety Threats. The Proclamation created new travel restrictions on specific nationals of 8 countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Additional details are available on the ISO “Major Immigration Updates” page and a summary follows this letter.
On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision with two rulings: (1) it agreed to hear in October, 2017 the Trump Administration’s appeal of two court orders blocking enforcement of the March 6, 2017 Executive Order suspending entry to the U.S. of nationals from six countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen) (EO) titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, and (2) the Court allowed the Administration to enforce the EO’s 90-day ban on nationals from entering the U.S. However, the Court narrowed the scope of the ban to apply to only those who do not have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.”
On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order, addressing travel and visa restrictions impacting certain foreign nationals. The previous Executive Order, dated January 27, 2017, will be revoked and this new Order will be effective as of March 16, 2017.
In remarks by President Trump during his press conference yesterday (Thursday, February 16), it was indicated that a new Executive Order (or multiple Executive Orders) will be issued next week to more specifically address visa issuance procedures and travel restrictions that have been part of court actions following the January 27 Executive Order. These actions are likely to be issued by mid-week.
There have been a number of developments over the past few days in response to the Presidential Executive Order. While there continues to be uncertainty and pending legal challenges to the Executive Order, the ISO is providing this update on both the current state of the provisions of the Executive Order and a link to a new “Major Immigration Updates” page on the ISO website that will serve as a central location for information related to Executive Orders and any other significant immigration or visa issues impacting international students at MIT.
We have received confirmed reports that the President’s Executive Order, which includes a ban on entry to the US for individuals who are citizens, nationals, or were born in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, has been signed and is currently in effect.
While the official Executive Order has not yet appeared on the White House website, reports of individuals not being granted entry to the US have been confirmed.
Given media reports about possible Executive Orders under consideration pertaining to potential visa application and travel restrictions for individuals from certain countries, the ISO feels it is important to reach out to the community. (Please note that, as of this writing, the White House has taken NO official action on these matters.)
In light of continued review of current and prospective actions that could be taken by Presidential action, individuals with citizenship, nationality, or birth in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen currently in the United States (U.S.) should consider postponing any travel outside of the U.S. until official Executive Orders and further government agency guidance on potential visa/immigration changes has been issued. Individuals from these countries who are currently outside of the U.S. should evaluate timing for re-entry to the U.S. at the earliest possible time in consideration of potential bars to entry that could be implemented by Executive Order at any time.
I know many of us awoke this morning to a number of reports in the media providing predictions on prospective visa limitations that may be enacted by Executive Order this week by President Trump. We understand from official White House reports that announcements about actions within Homeland Security will be likely announced within the next couple of days.
We are reaching out to all international students who received an email from MIT Student Financial Services on December 28, 2016 regarding the reporting of Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and need for the U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). A copy of the MIT SFS email is provided below (not everyone received this email).