Updates on Executive Orders

February 3, 2017

On Friday, January 27, the new administration issued an executive order that restricts entry, including reentry, into the U.S. and revokes valid visas for citizens and nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on non-immigrant visas. Foreign nationals from those countries should know that until further notice, whatever their visa status, they most likely will not be admitted or readmitted into the United States if they travel abroad.

The Department of State recently confirmed that there is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the Executive Order. However, all foreign nationals should carefully assess whether it is worth the risk to travel outside the country.

If you travel abroad, we strongly advise you to enter your itinerary and contact information in the Harvard Travel Registry, which is managed by Harvard Global Support Services. Doing so expedites access to Harvard Travel Assist, their 24/7 global emergency response program. If you do travel abroad and are not permitted to return to the U.S., you should contact Harvard Travel Assist at +1-617-998-0000 or travelassist@harvard.edu to immediately notify the University. 

The HIO is working with offices and key stakeholders throughout the University to offer resources and support and to advocate for the international students and scholars across the University who are important members of our community and who play a critical role in Harvard’s academic mission. As we learn more, we will keep you informed and offer our guidance.

 If you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to contact your HIO Advisor.