New White House Executive Order on Travel

The new executive order will continue to be monitored and analyzed for its impact on students, faculty, scholars, employees and other community members

UC Riverside is a global university; international education, collaboration and research enrich the institution. carrie rosema

UPDATE: Two federal judges, in separate rulings, blocked President Donald Trump’s new executive order. On Wednesday, March 15 a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking the ban on travel from six predominately Muslim countries. Hours later, a second federal judge in Maryland also ruled against the ban. On Friday, March 17, the Trump administration filed a notice to appeal. 

UC Riverside is a global university; international education, collaboration and research enrich this vibrant institution, noted Kelechi Kalu, UCR vice provost of International Affairs in a campuswide email sent out on March 9.

Kalu’s message was in response to the new executive order signed by President Donald Trump on March 6, which restricts entry to the United States for individuals from six predominately Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).

The restriction applies to people from the designated countries who:

  • Are outside of the United States on March 16, 2017;
  • Did not have a valid United States visa at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 27, 2017; and
  • Do not have a valid United States visa on March 16, 2017.

“The Office of International Affairs remains committed to supporting our international community and programs,” Kelechi said in the statement, which included a joint message from the UC Office of the President.

The new executive order will continue to be monitored and analyzed for its impact on students, faculty, scholars, employees and other community members.

UCOP recommends that individuals from the six designated countries — who are currently in the United States and who may continue to face future challenges to re-enter — should consult with their immigration counsel before leaving the country.

At UCR, international students and scholars with concerns about how this executive order will affect them should contact Kimberly Gentile, International Students and Scholars office (by phone at 827-4113 or by email at

Kelechi Kalu

Significantly, the new executive order does not apply to:

  • Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. (those with “green cards”);
  • A dual national of a country identified above who is traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
  • A foreign national who has a document other than a visa, valid on March 16, 2017, that permits him/her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission (such as an advance parole document);
  • Foreign nationals from designated countries who have been granted asylum or have already been admitted to the U.S. as refugees or granted withholding of removal, advance parole or protection under the Convention Against Torture; and
  • Foreign nationals from Iraq.

Both Kalu and UCOP indicate that additional guidance will be issued to the campus community as soon as possible, including recommendations related to prospective students, postdoctoral fellows and trainees from the affected countries who would presently be scheduled to obtain a visa after March 16.

“For now, we call on the entire UCR community to stand together — because we value diversity and inclusive excellence,” Kalu said.

Building upon conversations after the White House’s previous executive order, UCR International Affairs will host ongoing dialogues for our community.

Read the full preliminary guidance on the revised executive order issued by UC President’s Office.

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