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Standing with Our International Family Members

Washington State University welcomes and supports all members of the community—regardless of the country they call home.

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Office of International Programs

Central resource for global education, research and service for WSU

International Programs Global Services

Information for international students, staff, scholars, and departments regarding the impact of the Executive Order

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WSU Statements

February 9, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As the courts continue to deliberate the federal executive order that affects the ability of some members of our international community to travel to and from the United States, we remain focused on ensuring the welfare, safety, and security of our international students, staff, and faculty.

Please see the International Programs website for the most recent information and a set of FAQs that address many of the specific concerns resulting from the executive order. We will continue to monitor developments and update our website with helpful information and relevant resources available to the community.

In addition, the Office of International Programs is providing information and advice on an ongoing basis to University departments and WSU students and scholars. IP staff have also facilitated an open session to discuss the current situation and to reassure members of our international community of our continuing support.

As President Schulz said in his message to the WSU community on January 30, Washington State University welcomes and supports all members of the community—regardless of the country they call home.

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs

February 3, 2017

In response to the recent executive order on immigration, the Office of International Programs has received several inquiries from campus departments about whether or not to continue to process immigration benefits, such as initiating new J-1/H-1B/TN scholar applications, extension of status, etc.

There is no information in the executive order to suggest that a “hold” has been placed on the government’s adjudication of benefits. Until the Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, it is recommended schools, students, and scholars continue to apply for benefits and comply with all filing deadlines and eligibility windows as per standard process. The Office of International Programs will continue to work with you to process benefits within its authority to do so.

January 30, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Washington State University shares the deep concerns expressed nationwide about the federal executive order that restricts the ability of individuals from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

Let us be absolutely clear: We welcome and support all members of the Washington State community—regardless of the country they call home. We remain unflinchingly committed to respecting the dignity of each individual—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, gender identity or expression, religion, or sexual orientation. We will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive community, embrace civil discourse, and strive to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all.

For decades, Washington State University has invited and welcomed faculty, staff, and students from around the globe to study, teach, and conduct research here. We are proud of that legacy. The blending of the diverse perspectives represented by our community members enriches all of us. Put simply, it improves our ability to teach, conduct research, and serve our communities worldwide in meaningful ways.

More broadly, Washington State is dedicated to providing all students with equal access to affordable higher education and to supporting their career and life goals. That unqualified support extends to our undocumented students as well, as authorized by the state.

We are carefully monitoring developments to better understand how the executive order issued Friday will impact our community. For the short term, we are advising non-U.S. citizens and their families from the impacted countries to refrain from traveling outside the United States.

Additionally, all of the University’s resources are being made available to our international students at this challenging time. Our International Programs Global Services staff (Bryan Hall 108/509-335-4508), in particular, is prepared to listen to concerns, provide assistance, share the latest information, and refer you to other resources if the need arises.

Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
WSU International Programs


March 16, 2017

State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh vs. Donald J. Trump, et al.

U.S. District Court granting motion for temporary restraining order

March 15, 2017

Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

Read the New York Times written by Alexander Burns.

March 6, 2017

President Trump Signs New Travel Ban

Read the Associated Press article written by Alicia A. Caldwell and Jill Colvin.

February 9, 2017

Federal Appeals Court Maintains Suspension of President Trump’s Immigration Order

Read the Washington Post article written by Matt Zapotosky.

The ruling on the appeal of Judge James L. Robart’s decision is available to the public.

February 5, 2017

Universities Spoke Up in Case That Led to Ruling Halting Trump’s Travel Ban

Read The Chronicle of Higher Education article written by Goldie Blumenstyk.

February 3, 2017

Judge in Seattle Halts Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide

Read Seattle Times article written by Jim Brunner, Jessica Lee, and David Gutman.

January 31, 2017

Executive Order Travel Ban: NAFSA Resources

NAFSA is closely monitoring reaction to and implementation of the order, and has gathered the following resources to help ensure international education professionals have the tools they need to properly respond to the new rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new in the executive order that goes into effect March 16, 2017 compared to executive order issued January 27, 2017?

  • The executive order issued January 27, 2017 is revoked and replaced with the executive order as of March 16, 2017.
  • Iraq has been removed from the original list of seven countries named; the current list is Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • No immigrant or non-immigrant visa issued before March 16, 2017 will be revoked by this order.
  • Entry into the United States from the six countries named is suspended for 90 days as of March 16, 2017.

May I go home or travel outside the United States for spring break?

If you are a citizen from one of the countries listed in the executive order going into effect March 16, 2017, WSU’s recommendation is you do not leave the country. These countries are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

How will the Executive Order impact my travel within the United States?

WSU recommends you carry your valid passport and valid visa in addition to a copy of your I-20 (current F-1 students), DS-2019 (current J-1 students/scholars) or H-1B approval notice (current H-1B employees) with you during travel. If you have an emergency from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, please call 509-335-4508. Outside of those hours, please call 509-335-8548.

How will the Executive Order affect my pending OPT?

Currently, there is no official notice from any federal government agency that immigration benefit adjudications have been suspended in connection with the executive order. NAFSA advises international students and scholars continue to apply for eligible immigration benefits as per standard process.

May I still apply for CPT, OPT, change of status, or any other eligible immigration benefit?


How does the executive order affect my current status?

No immigrant or non-immigrant visas issued before March 16, 2017 will be revoked by this order.

Will the Executive Order put a hold on the processing of my immigration benefits?

There is nothing in the executive order to suggest a “hold” has been placed on the government’s processing of benefits. Unless the WSU Office of International Programs becomes otherwise informed, we will continue to assist in the processing of WSU appropriate immigration benefits.

How do I locate an immigration attorney?

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are reputable sources for the names of immigration attorneys. Please note that these are public resources. WSU does not endorse any specific private attorneys through these agencies.

Will my immigration status be impacted if I participate in a protest activity?

No. WSU is strongly committed to the principles of free expression including civic engagement and public demonstration. All University approved public events must meet safety and security standards. If a demonstration occurring on or off campus results in your arrest, however, seek advice from a reputable immigration attorney. If you have any questions about the risks to your immigration status of participating in legal public demonstrations, please consult with a reputable immigration attorney.

What are the campus resources for an impacted international student, scholar, or employee?

Bryan Hall, room 108 (international students), Bryan Hall, room 109 (international scholars and employees), International Center in CUB L46 or Counseling and Psychological Services in Washington Building, room 302. Additional resources may be available. Please contact the Office of International Programs Global Services Department at 509-335-4508 for further information.

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