On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending entry into the United States of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for the next 90 days. We have created this page to provide you information and resources on how this affects WKU students, faculty, and staff.
6/30/17: As of the 29th of June 2017 The US Supreme Court now allows parts of the Executive Order 13780 (EO) to be enforced, which will block some people who are citizens of certain countries (listed below) from being able to enter the U.S. for 90 days. However, it is our understanding that most students (F-1 or J-1), even from the listed countries, will not be directly affected by this order. The Supreme Court clarifies that people who have evidence of a genuine relationship with “a person or entity in the United States” are not subject to the Executive Order’s restriction. Students who have submitted a normal application for international student admission and have been admitted to a university will receive an admission letter and a form I-20 (F-1) or DS2019 (J-1). These documents should serve as evidence of having a “bona fide” relationship with a U.S. entity.
3/15/17: The U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing the latest executive order restricting travel and visa issuance for citizens of six countries. For more information and updates click here
3/6/17: As anticipated, a new executive order was signed today affecting travel and visa issuance for six of the seven countries impacted by the original travel ban. For more information click here
3/3/17: USCIS announced that they will temporarily halt premium processing for H-1B applications
2/23/17: News sources now report that the Trump administration may wait until next week to issue a revised executive order. Since the temporary restraining order remains in place, the “travel ban” imposed by Executive Order 13769 is not currently in effect. We do not yet know what this revised Executive Order will say or when it will go into effect.
2/17/17: At this time, the temporary restraining order is still in place, so the “travel ban” imposed by Executive Order 13769 is not currently in effect. However, based on information the government provided to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a new Executive Order, which will supersede Executive Order 13769, will be issued soon, probably sometime next week. We do not yet know what this new Executive Order will say or when it will go into effect.
2/10/17: Appeals Court Keeps Temporary Restraining Order in Place
2/6/17: Temporary Restraining Order Stops Enforcement of Some Key Executive Order Provisions
2/6/17: The Temporary Restraining Order does not affect the new requirement for in-person interviews for all visa applicants. You should continue to plan for increased visa wait times.
2/3/17: USCIS confirmed that it would continue to process most applications and petitions, including those from nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Examples of applications include USCIS Form I-765 -Application For Employment Authorization (Optional Practical Training).
Support Sessions and Events
Get Smart. Stay Safe
Monday, March 6th, 2018 at 4:30 PM
HCIC Multipurpose Room
See our events page for more information
Fridays with F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
The Division of Student Affairs Social Justice Working Group, the Counseling & Testing Center, and the office of the Chief Diversity Officer are sponsoring an on-going series and opportunity for our university community to gather, affirm one another, and (re)connect with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Finding Respect in Everyone's Natural Differences and Similarities). Gatherings are scheduled for the following Friday's this spring:
Unity Walk: Honoring Diversity in Bowling Green
Sponsored by Islamic Center of Bowling Green, First Christian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, International Center of Kentucky, and Gowling Green Women's Intercultural Cafe
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 4 pm
For more information visit the Facebook event page
Student Meeting with President
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm
HCIC Multipurpose Room
Immigration Law FAQ