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Notice to Drexel Community: U.S. Immigration Policy Changes

A statement from Drexel University President John A. Fry

Drexel's global ties are integral to our mission, whether in educating international students here on campus, placing Drexel undergraduates in career-making co-ops with overseas companies, or creating new knowledge through research partnerships that span continents. We will do everything possible to preserve these critical relationships and to safeguard the students, faculty, and professional staff who are at the heart of what we do. These members of the Drexel community have our strongest backing. We encourage all those potentially affected to check with Drexel's International Students and Scholars Services for updated information and advice on any travel plans, as University officials will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Read President John A. Fry's full statement regarding Support for International Students, Faculty, and Staff.

UPDATE

As of Oct. 17, 2017 the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii prevented the government from enforcing the newest iteration of the travel ban against travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia. The restrictions imposed against travelers from North Korea and government officials from Venezuela are not impacted, and will go into effect at 12:01 AM EDT October 18, 2017.

Presidential Proclamation (Travel Ban) Issued September 24th, 2017

On September 24, 2017, the White House issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.”

The proclamation restricts visa issuance and entry to the United States for citizens/nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  (Citizens/nationals of Sudan are no longer subject to the travel restrictions placed on them by the now-expired Executive Order 13780.) The Proclamation addresses different categories of visas and statuses for each of the eight countries. There will be a gradual implementation of the proclamation, beginning on October 18, 2017.

For more information about a proclamation versus an executive order, please see below.   

The new restrictions mainly address the issuance of immigrant visas, (such as green cards), and B1/B2 business tourist visas, not the F1, J1, and H-1B visas used by many Drexel University students, scholars and employees.

Country Information:

Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen:

  • Consulates are still issuing employment-based (such as, H-1B) visas, as well as F1 and J1 visas for passport holders from Chad, Libya, and Yemen.
  • Entry is suspended for new immigrants and visitors (permanent residents and B2 tourists), though nationals of these countries may apply for a waiver. are still issuing F1 and J1 visas for passport holders from Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen. Consulates are still issuing employment-based (like, H-1B) visas from Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Venezuela

  • Consulates are still issuing employment-based (such as, H-1B) visas, as well as F1 and J1 visas for passport holders from Venezuela.
  • Government officials and members of their immediate family are barred from receiving business and tourist visas (B1 and B2).

Iran:

  • F1 and J1 visas are still being issued to students and scholars from Iran, although they may be subject to increased scrutiny (administrative processing is one potential result). All other visa categories are restricted for citizens/nationals of Iran. Employees may not be able to apply for employment based visas such as H-1B, O-1, unless they are eligible for a waiver. If you have questions regarding hiring an employee and need assistance, contact Drexel’s ISSS.

North Korea and Syria:

  • Citizens/nationals of North Korea and Syria will not be issued nonimmigrant/immigrant visas in any category. Students, scholars and employees from these countries will not be able to obtain a visa to enter the United States unless they are eligible for a waiver.

Somalia and Iraq:

  • Although there are no specific restrictions on nonimmigrant visa issuance for citizens/nationals of Somalia and Iraq, they will face additional security clearances in the visa application process.

Further Clarifications:

  • In and outside of the US, all valid visas and green cards will remain active and cannot be revoked solely because of this Proclamation.
  • People who hold dual citizenship (with one of the eight countries on the list and another country not on the list, ex. Dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship) are exempted from travel restrictions so long as they enter the US using the passport pertaining to the country not on the list.
  • There will be a gradual implementation of the proclamation, beginning on October 18, 2017.
  • This proclamation has no set expiry date. This is an ongoing process and we are likely to see an update to this order every 180 days until further notice.
  • Citizens/nationals of Sudan are no longer subject to the travel restrictions placed on them by the now-expired Executive Order 13780.
  • Drexel University advises that anyone from any of the above countries who wishes to travel consult with ISSS first. Any appropriate legal counsel referrals will be made. Consults can be requested by emailing isss@drexel.edu.

For more information you can read the Proclamation, the Fact Sheet and FAQ issued by the White House, and the announcement on the Department of State website.

DACA Announcement, September 5th, 2017

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters. Read the memorandum from Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke for details. (https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017)

Current DACA recipients may continue to use their employment authorization documents (EADs) through their current expiration date, unless the EAD is otherwise terminated or revoked.

DACA renewal applications pending as of September 5, 2017 will continue to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. DACA recipients whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 may file for a renewal no later than October 5, 2017. Any DACA or associated EAD application filed after October 5, 2017 will be rejected by USCIS. This means that anyone who has a DACA-based EAD expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must file an extension by October 5, 2017.

All properly-filed initial DACA applications filed as of September 5, 2017 will continue to be adjudicated. No applications for first-time DACA applications will be accepted going forward.

Unfortunately individuals whose DACA EADs expire on or after March 6, 2018 are not eligible for a renewal.

Any member of the Drexel Community who has questions or concerns about their status or their study here at Drexel as a result of this announcement should reach out to ISSS as isss@drexel.edu. The office will make all appropriate legal council referrals.

Previously Issued Executive Actions

Resources

What are executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations?

"Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations are used extensively by Presidents to achieve policy goals, set uniform standards for managing the executive branch, or outline a policy view intended to influence the behavior of private citizens. The U.S. Constitution does not define these presidential instruments and does not explicitly vest the President with the authority to issue them. Nonetheless, such orders are accepted as an inherent aspect of presidential power. Moreover, if they are based on appropriate authority, they have the force and effect of law." From Congressional Research Service Report, Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation [PDF].

A "Know Your Rights Refresher"

As a reminder to immigrant communities, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released a helpful guide that explains what individuals should do if they encounter law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials: Know Your Rights Refresher

Here you can access These easy-to-use resources were created by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Drexel Resources

International Students and Scholars Services

International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) staff advises international students, scholars, and faculty with advising based on their immigration status while here in the U.S. Services include orientation, preparing/filing immigration documents, advising on U.S. employment regulations and and any Presidential updates.

International Students & Scholars Services website
isss@drexel.edu

Student Center for Inclusion and Culture

The Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC) educates students about social justice and identity, and provides resources that foster awareness. We empower students with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to promote global citizenship. The SCIC offers spiritual support, presentations, training, and cultural programming.

Student Center for Inclusion & Culture website
inclusion@drexel.edu

Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides the support and infrastructure necessary to take advantage of expansive new international opportunities both in our community and abroad. Study abroad, international programs, and international health and safety are just a few of the primary focuses of OIP.

Video of Drexel Forum on the Executive Order Banning Travel

Office of International Programs website
oip@drexel.edu

Office of Equality and Diversity

Dragons who have experienced discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment or misconduct, can come to the Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) for resources, information, and options. OED also offers educational programs to prevent and respond to bias incidents. University policy prohibits discrimination or harassment based on national origin.

Office of Equality & Diversity website
oed@drexel.edu

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling services provided by mental health professionals to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for ALL students.

Counseling Center website
counseling@drexel.edu

Human Resources

The Mission of Drexel Human Resources (often referred to as HR) is to partner with members of the Drexel community to create, cultivate and implement policies, processes and programs that support Drexel's mission and strategic plan while enhancing the overall Drexel experience. Benefits, compensation, employee relations, and learning and development comprise some of the HR departments.

Human Resources website
215.895.2850

Spiritual and Religious Life

We encourage students to take advantage of the spectrum of resources available to support their spiritual identity development and expression of religious traditions. This mission is supported through workshops, local and student organizations, as well as campus ministers.

Spiritual and Religious Life website
inclusion@drexel.edu

Admissions

Drexel will continue to provide the necessary access, resources, support services and educational opportunities that we have offered international students over the past decades regardless of the recent rhetoric in our nation's election.

Admissions website
enroll@drexel.edu