Travel Ban Update for Refugees and Immigrants
The Refugee and Immigrant Association would like to update everyone in our refugee and immigrant community on international travel recommendations given the executive orders recently signed by President Trump. These orders may impact your individual travel plans, because they will impact visa processing abroad for all non-citizens.
 
For ALL travelers requiring a U.S. visa: The United States has suspended the Visa Interview Waiver program. This means that if you will be traveling outside of the U.S. and need to apply for a new visa to return to the United States, you need to allow extra time for visa processing, as interview wait times are expected to increase. You can review the appointment and processing times at the Department of State’s website (https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html).
 
In terms of the travel ban, please be aware that as of February 3, 2017, a restraining order was placed on President Trump’s executive orders. According to the University of Iowa International Student and Scholar Service, this restraining order “applies nation-wide and directs federal agencies to stop enforcing parts of the original executive orders.” That said, many questions remain; the situation is fluid and may change.
 
The executive order itself bans entry for citizens of the following countries for at least 90 days:
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
Yemen
If you are from one of these countries, you can stay in the United States if you maintain your current visa status. Local organizations and schools such as the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College are strongly recommending that citizens of these seven countries not travel to any country outside of the U.S. if your intention is to return. Here are some additional resources that may help:
  • University of Iowa frequently asked questions and updates: https://international.uiowa.edu/us-presidential-executive-orders-and-international-students-and-scholars
  • Text of the Executive Order: https://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/amresource/EOentry_20170127.pdf