University Announcements & Immigration Updates
January 20, 2021 Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders and Memorandum from the Attorney General
Statements and updates
- April 26, 2021 Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
- April 26, 2021 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement COVID-19: Update on 2021-22 Academic Year Guidance
- July 13, 2020 SCU Leadership Statement of Support for International Students
- July 6, 2020 US Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Fall 2020 Guidance
- June 22, 2020 Presidential Action related to Entry in H, L and some J statues
- June 3, 2020 Suspension of Passenger Flights to and from the U.S. by Chinese Airlines
- June 01, 2020 Presidential Action related to Graduate Students and Researchers from China
- April 23, 2020 Executive Order "Suspending Immigration"
- February 3, 2020 Presidential Travel Ban Update
- June 26, 2018 Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Travel Ban
- June 26, 2017 US Supreme Court decision related to the March 6, 2017 Executive Order
- March 6, 2017 Second Executive Order on Immigration
- January 30, 2017 message from President Michael Engh, SJ
- January 27, 2017 First Executive Order on Immigration
- Responses from University Presidents and Leaders
Additional Resources on Immigration
- Department of State Resources and Excellent FAQs on Proclamation 9645 and June 26 Supreme Court Decision
- Executive Order Travel Ban NAFSA Resources
- NAFSA Resources and Helpful Tools for Educators
- Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change (NAFSA resource)
National Context of the Travel Ban
Our international student advisors in the Global Engagement Office are available to talk with you about immigration concerns or concerns related to your academic success. Stop by during drop-in advising:
|International Students & Scholars Program
|2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST
|2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST
|10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON PST
|10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON PST
|10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON PST
Other support available to you:
We are not aware of any SCU students, faculty or staff or their families who have been detained at airports or directly impacted in their travel
Global Engagement has long recommended that all international students refrain from travel outside of the US while their academic term is in session since their immigration status is tied to demonstrating that they are here to study and, presumably, are attending class. Since the Travel Ban does not include restrictions for international students from countries other than the countries listed there is nothing in the Travel Ban that would prevent travel for international students not from one of the impacted countries. That said, since January 2017 when the new US Presidential administration took office we have entered a highly unpredictable environment related to immigration. This means that what is true today could change in an instant, as we have seen with the Travel Ban. We strongly recommend that all international students wishing to travel outside the US and return should carefully consider their options.
Yes, SCU ranks 11th among all US Master’s Universities for the total number of international students that we host. Within our international student population we are proud to have 464 international students from countries with significant Muslim populations including: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Zambia, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste/East Timor, Vietnam, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Emirates, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
If your family member hopes to enter the US from one of the seven countries specified in the Travel Ban, they should expect that their entrance to the US will be denied and they should not plan to travel.
The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) advises that the Executive Order applies to dual nationals but that they will be “treated according to the travel document they present”: https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states. We recommend that dual nationals consult a Global Engagement advisor or an immigration attorney prior to engaging in travel.
The Travel Ban is having a massive impact on universities across the US. The institutions most affected are those with significant doctoral programs, particularly Ph.D. and MD. As well, universities with large programs for visiting short-term international scholars/faculty/researchers are being highly impacted. To learn more about these institutions see the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors reports on the research universities with the largest numbers of students and scholars here:
Yes. In 2015 international students contributed over $30.5 billion to the US economy according to the US Department of Commerce. Notably, 72 percent of all international students in the US receive the majority of their funds from sources outside of the US including personal and family sources, assistance from home country government or universities. For more information see the NAFSA International Student Economic Value Tool website.
From Fortune Magazine: "Colleges Could Lose $700 Million a Year Because of President Trump's Immigration Ban"
Michael Engh, S.J., President, made a statement to faculty, staff, and students expressing grave concern over the changes. He joined numerous professional and educational associations in their stance against the changes, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, American Council on Education, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Below are responses from university presidents and leaders:
- Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
- Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
- American Council on Education (ACE)
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
- President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California
- Ivy League Universities
- Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
- Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL) and the Mexican Jesuit University System (SUJ)
- Running list of University/College and Higher Learning Organization/Association responses
Travel Ban Impact for Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
On January 29, 2017 the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a fact sheet invoking an exception to the entry ban for Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States travelling on a valid I-551 (green card). Lawful Permanent Residents will be assessed at arrival ports of entry, and will be permitted entry subject to security checks.
See guidance from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) related to Lawful Permanent Residents, particularly the FAQs, available on the CBP website here: https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states:
Under the recent guidance from the White House, we will continue to ensure that lawful permanent residents are processed through our borders efficiently. Under that guidance, the Executive Order issued January 27, 2017, does not apply to their entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to execute its mission to protect the homeland in its processing of all individuals at ports of entry.
Under the recent guidance from the White House, CBP will continue to ensure that LPRs are processed through our borders efficiently. Under that guidance, the Executive Order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" does not apply to LPRs’ entry to the United States. Prior to this guidance, and as of February 1, 2017, CBP processed 1,610 waivers for LPRs to re-enter the United States.
https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states: Two. One, who was entered into proceedings based on a criminal record. Another individual chose to return to Canada and withdrew his request for entry
Travel Ban Impact for Undocumented and DACA Students
This Travel Ban does not relate to Undocumented or DACA students.
See SCU’s Undocumented Student Resources website: https://www.scu.edu/lead/undocumented-students-resources/
Resources for SCU faculty
- VITAL (a reading/discussion group on teaching) has focused in 2016-17 on inclusive pedagogies, teaching across lines of difference (including politics), how to address hot topics (such as the executive order) and respond to moments of incivility and hostility. Working bibliography . Winter Quarter discussions on Feb 15 and March 7.
- SCU Faculty are currently sharing resources on the executive order in this community folder, which includes teaching ideas.
- Mentoring and individual consultations about effective teaching (in general and on the executive order) are always available through faculty development.
- Your senior colleagues and department chair will have particular ideas about how to respond in the context of your discipline.
- Consider connecting your class discussions and readings to programs such as this year's Ignatian Center Bannan Institute Discussions on Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Common Good, or resources and colleagues at The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.