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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.

Updates on Executive Order 90-Day Entry Ban

March 16, 2017: The U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, but not the executive order's bar on refugee admissions.

March 15, 2017: The U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing the 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry bar.

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of 6 countries. The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017. The administration hopes that the new order will address the legal challenges that barred enforcement of the prior 90-day entry instituted by Executive Order 13769.

The new Executive Order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the Executive Order was signed). This calculates until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days of the 90-day period.

You can read the full executive order here: New Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The new Executive Order affects citizens of six of the seven countries that had been selected in the prior 90-day bar. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries in the new executive order.

  1. Iran
  2. Libya
  3. Somalia
  4. Sudan
  5. Syria
  6. Yemen

The new order DOES NOT APPLY to:

  • Lawful permanent residents of the United States (“green card” holders);
  • Any foreign national who has a document OTHER than a visa, valid on March 16, 2017 (or issued thereafter), that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission (e.g., an Advance Parole document);
  • Any dual national of a designated country when traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country;
  • Any foreign national traveling on designated diplomatic visas; OR
  • Any foreign national who has been granted asylum, any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States, or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.

Waivers of the travel ban may be available on a case-by-case basis.

A consular officer, Commissioner of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) (or the Commissioner’s delegee, may, in his or her discretion, decide on a case-by-case basis to authorize the issuance of a visa or permit entry of a foreign national subject to the ban if the foreign national demonstrates that denying entry during the suspension would:

  • Cause undue hardship;
  • His or her entry would not pose a threat to national security; and
  • His or her entry would be in the national interest.

An example of an individual for whom a waiver may be appropriate:

  • the foreign national has previously been admitted to the United States for a continuous period of work, study, or other long-term activity, is outside the United States on March 16, 2017, seeks to reenter the United States to resume that activity, and the denial of reentry during the suspension period would impair that activity

Drexel University advises that anyone from any of the 6 countries who wishes to travel and apply for a waiver consult with ISSS first. Consults can be requested by emailing

Review more information on the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website.

On January 25, 2017, the new presidential administration began issuing Executive Orders that affect immigration policy and the status of non-citizens living in or traveling to the U.S. Drexel University is committed to supporting members of our diverse community. Drexel will use this section of our website to continue to post updates and resources related to these changes. Please note that the information listed on these pages does not constitute legal advice. If you would like to obtain individual guidance or if you have any questions related to these changes, please contact Drexel's International Students and Scholars Services Office directly.

Issued Executive Actions


What Is an Executive Order?

"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" for Immigrants

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

These easy-to-use resources were created by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) so you can have your rights at your fingertips.

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 the current executive ban.

International Students & Scholars Services website

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

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

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

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

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

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


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