The Office of the Provost has created this page to guide the Tufts community about the Executive Order 13780 , entitled “Protecting the Nation from foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” that was initially issued on January 27, 2017, revised and reissued on March 6, 2017, and expanded on September 24, 2017. Frequently Asked Questions about the Executive Order are answered below. We continue to monitor the situation and evaluate the impacts of the Executive Order on the Tufts community. We will continue to post updates on this page when new developments occur or when new information is available.
September 24, 2017 Update
New travel restrictions go into effect
On September 24, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled, “Enhancing Vetting capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” This replaces the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order of March 6, 2017. The Proclamation designates 8 countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen—for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. Iraq has been removed from the list of proscribed countries; however, Iraqi nationals seeking entry to the United States will be subject to additional scrutiny
The Proclamation went into effect partially on September 24 and will enter into full effect on October 18.
If you have a visa that you obtained on or before September 24, are a green card holder from one of the 8 countries, or are a dual national traveling on your other passport (for example, a dual Iranian Canadian citizen seeking to enter the U.S. on a Canadian passport), the Proclamation does not apply to you. In addition, NATO or UN-specific visas are not covered by the new ban.
Since the original Executive Order was issued in January, Tufts has worked with other universities to support legal challenges to the Executive Order; most recently, Tufts contributed to an amicus brief supporting the challenge to the Executive Order before the U.S. Supreme Court, scheduled for oral argument on October 10. However, since the new vetting procedures are aimed at replacing the earlier Executive Order, the U.S. Supreme Court cancelled the hearing and directed the parties to file briefs addressing whether or to what extent the new Proclamation renders the cases moot.
The “Frequently Asked Questions” section below provides summary of key provisions of the new travel ban and answers to questions members of the Tufts community might have. It is also downloadable here. The full text of the Proclamation can be found here. The White House has also published a shorter Fact Sheet about the Proclamation, as well as FAQ. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive more information on how the Proclamation will be implemented.
September 19, 2017 Update
On September 18, Tufts joined 30 universities calling on the Supreme Court to strike down President Trump’s Executive Order by filing a joint amicus brief. This reflects Tufts’ commitment to students and faculty from around the world.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the Executive Order on October 10.
June 28, 2017 Update
President Monaco pledges to support and protect past, present, and future international students and faculty.
June 26, 2017 Update
Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari for the travel ban cases and agreed to hear oral arguments this fall. In the meantime, the Court reinstated the administration’s travel ban – at least, in part.
Based on today’s decision, current and incoming Tufts’ students, faculty and staff should still be able to travel abroad and return to the United States. As always, however, we must note that individual travelers may experience heightened screening requirements and delays, as enforcement agencies and airlines come to grips with yet another version of the travel ban. Please be sure to carry documentation evidencing your connection to Tufts (I-20, DS-2019, Non-immigrant visa approval notices, letters of appointment). If you encounter difficulty returning to Tufts, please contact Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) at 617-627-3030 .
Tufts remains deeply committed to our international community and recognizes that today’s decision will impact many of our friends and colleagues who do not, as of yet, have a “bona fide” relationship with us. We will continue to watch these developments closely in the weeks and months ahead and encourage you to be in touch with your international office with any questions:
March 22, 2017 Update:
New Restrictions on Electronic Devices and Possible Difficulties Entering the United States
On March 21, 2017, Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) restricted airline passengers from bringing large electronic devices (laptops, tablets, e-readers, electronic games, portable printers, cameras, etc.) in carry-on luggage on flights from the following 10 airports:
Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) (Amman, Jordan)
Cairo International Airport (CAI) (Cairo, Egypt)
Ataturk International Airport (IST) (Istanbul, Turkey)
King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
King Khalid International Airport (RUH) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait International Airport (KWI) (Farwaniya, Kuwait)
Mohammed V Airport (CMN) (Casablanca, Morocco)
Hamad International Airport (DOH) (Doha, Qatar)
Dubai International Airport (DXB) (Dubai)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) (Abu Dhabi)
All travelers coming to the United States from these airports should place large electronic devices in their checked luggage. Passengers can carry cellphones/smartphones on the plane.
For a fact sheet on the new security measures, see this fact sheet.
The United Kingdom has adopted similar measures for flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
On September 24, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled, “Enhancing Vetting capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” This replaces the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order of March 6, 2017. The Proclamation designates 8 countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen—for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The Proclamation went into effect partially on September 24 and will enter into full effect on October 18.
This “Frequently Asked Questions” provides a summary of the key provisions of the new travel ban and answers to questions members of the Tufts community might have. The full text of the Proclamation can be found here. The White House has also published a shorter Fact Sheet about the Proclamation, as well as FAQ.
Tufts University is continuing to work with local area schools, agencies and other legal resources to learn more about the new Proclamation and its potential impact on our community. As always, we will update you as new information becomes available and welcome your questions and comments. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive more information on how the Proclamation will be implemented.
What do the new travel restrictions do?
The travel ban initially imposed by the Executive Order signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017 and revised on March 6 will be replaced with the new travel restrictions outlined in this Proclamation, issued by President Trump on September 24, 2017. In accordance with the Proclamation, restrictions on entry into the US for individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen will be put into place for an indefinite period of time. The restrictions differ from country to country. Iraq has been removed from the list of proscribed countries, but Iraqi nationals will be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States.
Who is impacted by the Presidential Proclamation?
The Order impacts all Tufts students, faculty, staff and scholars who are citizens of one of the 8 countries and who have non-immigrant visas (F-1, J-1, H-1B, etc.) or immigrant visas. For citizens of Iraq, although there are no longer any entry restrictions, there will be additional scrutiny during the visa application process.
The restrictions are different for nationals of each country, and apply only to people who:
If you are in the United States and have a valid visa, you are not affected by this order. No valid visa issued before the date of the Proclamation will be revoked under this order.
Following is a summary of the affected countries and categories of applicants who will not be allowed entry into the United States:
|Country||Scope of travel suspension|
Who is not affected by the new travel restrictions?
The new ban does NOT apply to:
The Proclamation allows US consular officers or designated officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to grant WAIVERS on a case-by-case basis, on the conditions that a) denying entry will cause undue hardship; b) entry will not pose a threat to national security or public safety in the United States; and c) entry would be in the national interest. Examples include:
When does it take effect?
The restrictions are effective immediately (i.e., as of September 24) for people previously covered by the March 6 travel ban and who don’t have a credible claim of a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”. They enter into effect on October 18 for all other impacted individuals—i.e. affected people from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, and for people from the remaining countries who do have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
How long will the restrictions last?
There is no end date for the restrictions. The restrictions may be revised or removed if the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that a country meets the required identity management, national security and public safety information, and information sharing practices with other countries. Recommendations could also be made to add restrictions or limitations to these countries or new countries if the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that there has been a change regarding security or information-sharing practices of those countries.
The Secretary of Homeland Security is required to submit reports to the President every 180 days with recommendations on whether to continue or amend the Proclamations’ restrictions, and is required to provide periodic reports to the President on what steps are being taken to improve vetting procedures for nationals of all countries.
How does the Presidential Proclamation affect applications for visa extensions or for immigration benefits?
The Proclamation specifically targets individuals from the 8 countries who are entering the U.S. As of now, it does not appear that the restrictions will have a direct impact on USCIS adjudications of applications and petitions for benefits (e.g., to change, extend or adjust status in the U.S.), but we will continue to monitor this situation which remains highly fluid.
What is Tufts doing in response to the Executive Order?
Tufts has taken a clear and strong stand against the immigration restrictions since the first Executive Order was issued on January 27, 2017. President Monaco issued a statement two days after that Executive Order was issued, expressing Tufts’ commitment to protect and support the international members of our university community, and Provost Harris reiterated this commitment after the Supreme Court had decided to unblock part of the Executive Order in June.
On February 2, the University signed on to a letter to President Trump, organized by the Presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. The following day, Tufts signed onto a letter to the Department of Homeland Security organized by the American Council on Education, and On February 3, Tufts joined seven other private colleges and universities in Massachusetts (including Harvard, MIT, BC, Northeastern, WPI, Brandeis and BU) in filing an amicus brief in the Massachusetts case seeking a permanent injunction of the Executive Order. The amicus brief began by quoting part of President Monaco’s message to the Tufts community: “We take great pride in the global nature of our community and have always embraced and valued our international members from around the world. They are our colleagues and friends. Our community and the world are better places because of what we learn and create together.”
Tufts recently joined other colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in support of the challenges to President Trump’s Executive Order, reaffirming our commitment to the international members of our community and to the free exchange of ideas across borders. Since the new vetting procedures in the Proclamation are aimed at replacing the Executive Order, the US Supreme Court cancelled the hearing scheduled for October 10th and directed the parties to file briefs addressing whether or to what extent the new Proclamation renders the cases moot.
What advice is Tufts giving regarding travel?
If you are from one of the eight countries, and have a valid visa (that will be valid when you plan to return to the U.S.), you should be able to travel outside the U.S. and return. However, you should also be prepared to experience enhanced screening or vetting at Consulates (if you are applying for a visa stamp, for example), and enhanced security and screening at the border.
Given the uncertainty of the situation, until we have more information about how the new ban will be implemented, and what (if any) legal challenges may be brought against it, our advice cautiously remains: If you can reasonably avoid discretionary travel outside the United States, we recommend that you continue to do so. If you need to travel, please reach out to your international office or to Diana Chigas, Senior International Officer and Associate Provost, before you travel, to ensure you are up to date on the latest developments.
For all travelers (whether or not you are from one of the 8 countries) going outside the United States: Please take time to review these recommendations, especially if you are traveling outside the U.S.:
Keep the phone number and contact information of your international office with you in case you need assistance coming into the United States.
Tufts University is continuing to work with local area schools, agencies and other legal resources to learn more about the new Proclamation and its potential impact on our community. As always, we will update you as new information becomes available and welcome your questions and comments.
What resources are available?
Assistance on immigration and visas: The University is helping affected members of our community, including connecting them to legal resources where needed. For ongoing questions regarding your visa status, applicants and renewals or other immigration-related questions, please contact the following offices for assistance:
Counseling and Mental Health. Services are available for those who have been or may be impacted by the Executive Order.
Medford: The Counseling and Mental Health Service, 120 Curtis Street
The Counseling and Mental Health Service will be holding a drop-in group conversation hour on Friday afternoons from 2pm – 3pm for students who have been, or may be impacted by the recent Executive Order on immigration. The group will provide a safe space for participants to converse and connect with others who have similar concerns, provide mutual support, and discuss strategies for self-care and managing stress. The groups will be held at the Counseling and Mental Health Service, at 120 Curtis Street, diagonally across the street from Fletcher Field. No registration is necessary. Groups will be held each Friday afternoon at the same time and place for the month of February, and may continue beyond that date if there is sufficient interest.
Boston: Student Wellness Advising: 200 Harrison Avenue, Posner Hall, 4th Floor
Sharon Snaggs Gendron is available to provide support and discuss strategies for managing stress for those on the Boston campus affected by the Executive Order.