The U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides information about the January 27, 2017 executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on its website with an FAQ that offers some information about the Executive Order. Two of the FAQs are copied here as is a CBP summary of early actions taken.
How will the EO affect college students from the barred countries, such as F1/J1/M1 visa holders? Are they included in the ban? What kind of guidance is being given to foreign students from these countries legally in the US?
F1/J1/M1 visas are currently temporarily suspended due to the executive order. Individuals who were in the U.S. at the time of the signing of the executive order are not affected by the order. However, individuals who were out of the country at the time of the signing, or who travel out of the country and attempt to return will not be allowed to return at this time. The Department is evaluating whether those who are precluded from returning as a result of the Executive Order will be considered to have maintained their status as F1 or M1 students.
What about refugees who are considered to be “in transit?”
There are currently 872 refugees who are considered to be in transit who are scheduled to arrive in the United States this week. The Secretaries of State and DHS have coordinated and will process the 872 individuals consistent with the terms of the Executive Order, which we’ve operationalized by assessing each traveler on a case-by-case basis. Below are the actions CBP has taken as of January 30, 2017, in accordance with the Executive Order signed January 27, 2017.
Below are the actions taken in accordance with the Executive Order signed January 27, 2017.
|CBP Executive Order Actions|
|Recommended Denial of Boarding||721|
|Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) waivers||1,059|
|Visa holders granted waivers||75|
(Statistics are valid as of 1500 hrs, January 30, 2017)