Important Immigration Updates



Last updated December 5, 2017



On December 4, 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States allowed the U.S. government to fully enforce the travel ban listed below.  Please see this resource from NAFSA for more details on how this travel ban affects each of the countries listed.

As of September 24, 2017,  President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive order 13780 (Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States).  This proclamation restricts entry for nationals of eight countries, are country-specific and tailored to the situation of each individual country:

  • Chad
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Somalia

The text of the proclamation can be found at:


As of June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States partially lifted the block on enforcing the executive order listed below.  There is an important exception for individuals "who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."  International students and scholars are considered to have a bona fide relationship and should continue to be exempt from the 90 day bar. 



As of March 17, 2016 two federal judges have temporarily blocked the revised version of this executive order. 

On Monday, March 06, 2017, President Trump signed a revised version of the original executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States”. Please find below the parameters of this revised executive order

 Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States  

  • January 25, 2017 executive order is signed.
  • A federal appeals court upheld the decision to keep in place a judge’s stay that prohibits this executive order from going into effect. 
  • On March 6, 2017, President Trump signs a revised version of the executive order. The new version contains some important differences, including the following:
  1. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries affected. The six countries remaining on the list include: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  2. An explanation for the inclusion of each country on the list is included in the executive order.
  3. Suspension of entry does not apply to:
    1. permanent residents of the United States
    2. any foreign national who is admitted to or paroled into the United States on or after the effective date of this order
    3. any foreign national who has a document other than a visa, valid on the effective date of this order or issued on any date thereafter, that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission, such as an advance parole document
    4. any dual national of a country designated in the order when the individual is traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country
    5. any foreign national traveling on a diplomatic or diplomatic-type visa, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visa, C-2 visa for travel to the United Nations, or G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visa; or
    6. any foreign national who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
    7. The order retains a 120-day ban on entry of refugees from all nations. The indefinite ban on refugees from Syria has been removed.



Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States   

The implementation memo focuses on enforcement actions against persons who are removable from the U.S.  (i.e., individuals without legal immigration status and who have committed a crime).  This order could affect students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars on the UNL campus if they are in the U.S. without a legal immigration status and/or are involved in a crime.  Individuals who are in the DACA status have a legal immigration status and, at this time, are not affected by this order.


Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements  

The implementation memo focuses on increasing border security including hiring more agents/officers, identifying sources of aid to Mexico, authorizing qualified officers or employees of the state to perform the functions of an immigration officer, commissioning a comprehensive study of border security and border wall construction.  Students, scholars, and staff on the UNL campus with no legal immigration status could be affected by this order. However, DACA status individuals do have a legal immigration status and at this time are not affected by this order.



A. At this time, we strongly recommend that citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen not travel outside the U.S. as this situation remains unpredictable.

B. Anyone wishing to travel outside of the U.S. and needing to apply for a new visa to return should allow plenty of time for visa processing as interview wait times are expected to increase significantly or be halted altogether.  We advise you to review appointment and processing times on the Department of State's website.



"We Are a Global Campus" - A message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies

A message from President Bounds and the Chancellors on the Immigration Ban

NU FAQ - Executive Order Entry Ban.

Listing of all executive orders and information related to these orders

Current travel warnings

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) will keep this page updated as new information becomes available.  If you have any questions, please contact the ISSO for assistance at (402) 472-0324 (calls will be returned on the next business if you leave a message after hours), by e-mail at, or in person on the second floor of Seaton Hall.  For emergency assistance after business hours, contact the University Operator at (402) 472-7211.