Immigration Policy Updates and Resources

There are now a number of recent executive orders, signed by President Trump, which affect immigration enforcement.  There are two key items to consider: International travel plans and following all U.S. laws.

Travel:

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S., please contact Leah in International Student Services for a meeting before booking your ticket.  This request applies to all non-citizen international students, though others are always welcome to confer with ISS about travel or other questions.

Entry to the U.S. by individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has been suspended for at least 90 days beginning March 16, 2017, therefore individuals from these countries should review the Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to the Executive Order posted by NAFSA, the National Association of International Educators.

Following U.S. Laws:

It is very important to abide by all criminal and civil laws because criminal activity can be grounds for deportation or cause denial of future visas or immigration benefits.  Examples of illegal activity include:
• Underage consumption of alcohol (under age 21)
• Possession or use of marijuana
• Sexual assault or misconduct
• Working without authorization
• Engaging in a protest that violates laws (such as blocking traffic without a permit)
• Otherwise jeopardizing your status (such as not adhering to enrollment requirements)

Recommendations:

• It is recommended that all students carry copies of documentation demonstrating their legal status.  For F-1/J-1 students these documents include: Passport, visa, I-20, and most recent I-94.
• ISS advises all students to consider applying for a State ID or Driver’s License from the Appleton DMV.  This allows individuals to have photo identification useful for travel within the U.S. and for other general identification purposes so the passport or other valuable documents do not need to be used.  The DMV trip is offered by ISS each term during Midterm Reading Period. You may also go to the DMV at your own convenience.

Resources

International Student Services – For general questions about status, travel, and F-1/J-1 regulations contact internationalhouse@lawrence.edu / 920-832-6509 or stop by International House.
Health and Wellness -  For access to health and wellness resources including Counseling Services.
Immigration Lawyer - ISS is a resource for all students and is a great starting point, however, given the complexity of immigration law, it may be recommended that you consult with an immigration lawyer based on your personal circumstances. 
• Center for Spiritual and Religious Life – For spiritual resources or counseling.
Dean of Students Office – For general questions not related to F-1/J-1 immigration status.
Center for Academic Success – For academic support and resources.

Know Your Rights

If questioned about immigration status
Rights at airports and other ports of entry
If ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) approaches you
If you are stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI

Executive Orders

A list of executive orders can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions
The executive orders impacting immigration at this time are:

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (March 6)
Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (January 27 - Revoked and Replaced)
Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

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