Executive Order Information

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban in section 2(c) of Executive Order 13780. This decision will result in section 2(c) being enacted except under certain conditions. It is expected to be enforced within 72 hours and will result in the travel ban for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen “who lack a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

In addition, the Court formally lifted the injunction on the section outlining the government's study which could lead, under section 2(e) of the executive order, to an indefinite ban on entry by nationals of countries that do not provide the U.S. government with sufficient information on citizens who are applying for U.S. visas or immigration benefits.

While the Court cited several examples of such “bona fide relationships” — such as students admitted to a U.S. college or university or individuals employed by U.S. entities — further guidance from the State Department is needed regarding full application of these rules. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on this case in October, and a final decision is expected during the 2017-18 academic year.

Georgia Tech Office of International Education and Global Human Resources will continue to stay abreast of the changes and provide updates as they are available. We encourage our international students, staff, and faculty to contact OIE for individual guidance if they are planning to travel or study abroad. 

On March 29, 2017 the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a preliminary injunction which currently blocks all of Section 2 of Executive Order 13780. This includes Section 2(c) 90-day entry bar and the "indefinite" entry bar of Section 2(e) that is the subject of this advisory. The U.S. Government has filed an appeal. The Office of International Education continues to monitor the situation, and will provide information and resources as needed.

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the government from enforcing Executive Order 13780, limiting travel to the U.S. from certain countries. The Office of International Education continues to monitor the situation, and will provide information and resources as needed.

Monday, March 6, 2017, a new Executive Order was signed. Specific information to F and J students and scholars will continue to be posted on OIE website as it becomes available. The NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Council on Global Immigration are additional resources. The Campus-wide Guidance Regarding Travel, Immigration, and Visas will continue to offer broad resources and information.

Updated June 26, 2017 at 11:15am.

OIE Guidance:

1. Due to the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver program, it is best for all students and scholars to consult with the OIE prior to international travel with an expired visa stamp — including Mexico, Canada and Caribbean islands — so we can review the immigration documents under the current immigration rules as well as offer re-entry advising, including travel signatures if applicable.

2. Students and scholars from the six countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) who are already in the U.S., may travel abroad with a valid visa. Visa processing for individuals from the six countries listed remains possible but with uncertainty. See OIE's news post for more info

3. As always, advisors are available to individuals with questions by email at info@oie.gatech.edu, during walking advising Monday- Friday 1:00-4:30pm, and by appointment, at 404-894-7475.

Updated 3/16/17 at 1:53pm.

Links to U.S. government agencies associated with enforcement of the Executive Order

In preparation for the Fall 2017 semester and international student check-in for newly admitted students, international student advisors will NOT be available for walk-in advising on Wednesday, August 9th only.

Summary of New Executive Order, #13780:

* The new EO cancels the previous EO #13769 issued January 27, 2017.

* The new EO is effective starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 EST. The EO may be extended and countries may be added or removed after an initial 90-day review period.

* The new EO suspends the Visa Interview Waiver program. Anyone applying for or renewing a visa stamp will require a visa interview. Limited exceptions exist based on statute or for diplomatic type-visas.

* The new EO institutes bans on visa issuance and entry into the U.S. for 90 days starting March 16, 2017, for nationals (citizens) from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

* The new EO applies to nationals (citizens) of the six covered countries who are:

   * Outside of the U.S. on the March 16, 2017; and

   * Did not have a valid visa at 5 p.m. EST on January 27, 2017; and

   * Does not have a valid visa on March 16, 2017.

* Excluded from the new EO are:

   * U.S. permanent residents (“green card” holders);

   * Anyone admitted to or paroled into the United States on or after March 16, 2017

   * Dual nationals who are traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country;

   * Students or faculty/staff who have diplomatic (A) visas or (G) visas and dependents; and

   * A person granted asylum or a refugee already admitted to the U.S.

* The new EO also institutes a 120-day pause on refugee programs starting on March 16, 2017, and a limit of 50,000 total refugees per fiscal year, but no longer includes an indefinite ban on refugees from any country.

OIE Response to the New Executive Order

On March 6, 2017, a new executive order (EO) was signed. This EO will go into effect March 16, 2017, and cancels the January 27, 2017, Executive Order #13769.  The Office of International Education (OIE) is sensitive to the impact of this new EO and continues to be a resource and advocate to Georgia Tech’s international student and scholar community.

Georgia Tech is a place where complex problems are defined, studied, and resolved by a community of diverse perspectives and cultures. As an essential member of this academic community, your commitment to achieving your personal and academic goals sustains the Institute’s overarching mission.

To help remain committed to one’s goals, many seek support within the community. The Office of International Education is one of many places on campus where support is available to help you maintain focus and continue the important, scholarly work you are doing. In that spirit, OIE would like to provide specific and clear guidance to minimize uncertainty where possible. 

Our guidance: 

  • Individuals who are citizens of one of the six countries listed in the new executive order should travel only if the visa stamp in the passport will be valid upon the planned date of return to the U.S. 
  • For those with an expired visa stamp, a consultation with an international student and scholar advisor and/or a qualified immigration attorney is recommended prior to scheduling any international travel.
  • For students and scholars traveling outside of the U.S. with an expired F or J visa — including to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean — we urge you to visit our office during walk-in advising hours, Monday-Friday between 1 – 4:30 p.m. Our staff will review your immigration documents under the current immigration rules, offer re-entry advising, including travel signatures if applicable.

As always, advisors are available to individuals with questions by email at info@oie.gatech.edu and by appointment, at 404-894-7475.

To quote from President Peterson’s public remarks, “Georgia Tech is a stronger, better place because of the contributions of our international community. You are welcome here, and you are valued.”

Marisa Atencio,

Director, International Student and Scholar Services

USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced recently that effective April 3, 2017, premium processing (form I-907) is suspended for all H-1B I-129 petitions for up to a six month period. The USCIS decision is NOT related to federal executive order #13780. USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for all cap-subject H-1B cases and cap-exempt H-1B extension cases in the past and is currently taking this action in order to clear the backlog in preparation for cap-subject petitions filed for the upcoming filing cycle, starting April 1, 2017. 

OIE is not able to respond to questions about H1B filing and advise students and scholars to seek guidance from the prospective employer filing the H1B petition or an immigration attorney. OIE offers an informational presentation each semester titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Sponsorship in the U.S” which is led by an immigration attorney.  Please visit OIE events to see the full details about the April 12th event and know this is an ideal opportunity to obtain detailed information about H1B processing and seek guidance about any concerns you may have related to work visas.

Updated 3/14/17 at 9:30am.