Executive Order Affects Visa Processes and Entry to the U.S.

February 27, 2017

The provisions of the Executive Order (EO) are currently not in effect based on a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that was executed on February 3rd, and upheld on February 9th by a federal appeals court.

The White House has indicated that they plan to issue a new, revised Executive Order instead of continuing the legal challenge of the one currently under a TRO.


Check the NAFSA: Association of International Educators resource page on Executive Actions for the most recent information. This is an excellent resource that is regularly updated as new guidance becomes available.

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Key Provisions of the Executive Order

See the full text of the Order.

Note: The Executive Order is currently not being enforced because of a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order barring its implementation.

Key provisions are:

  • 90-day​ ​suspension​ ​of​ visa processing and ​entry​ ​to​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​of​ ​nonimmigrants​ ​and​ ​immigrants​ ​from 7​ ​designated​ ​countries: ​Iran,​ ​Iraq,​ ​Libya,​ ​Somalia,​ ​Sudan,​ ​Syria and​ ​Yemen.

    * U.S. Permanent Residents and Dual Nationals of other countries: The wording of the EO seemed to indicate that Permanent Residents and Dual Nationals would be subject to the travel ban, but there have been updates since then.

    January 29: the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that U.S. Permanent Residents are able to travel to the U.S. but will undergo security review upon arrival

    February 1: Government officials clarified for ABC news that individuals with a passport from an unrestricted country and valid U.S. visa are allowed to travel to the U.S. presenting that passport

  • 120-day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program that admits and resettles refugees from around the world.

  • Indefinite suspension of the processing of refugee applications from Syria.

  • Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Process.  Suspending the waiver of visa interviews is expected to lead to backlogs in visa appointments and issuance worldwide.

  • Review of all visa policies and processes including Visa Reciprocity