President Trump Executive Order Impacting International Travel
- By Thomas Sullivan
To: UVM Community
As you may know, on Friday night, January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order affecting foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The Order as signed impacts the ability of individuals who hold citizenship from any of these seven countries to enter the United States. This portion of the Executive Order is in effect for an initial period of 90 days.
Over the weekend, our Office of International Education (OIE) has been in close contact, twice, with the University’s international students, scholars, and employees, providing guidance and support regarding the possible impact of that Order. OIE is advising students, scholars, and employees with citizenship from the impacted countries to refrain from travel outside the United States for at least the next 90 days. Individuals from these countries who already are in the United States are not affected by the Executive Order, unless they travel outside of the country.
We are carefully monitoring the situation and consulting with state and federal government sources, including this weekend with United States Attorney for Vermont, Eric Miller, professional organizations, and the legal community in order to keep the UVM community informed with timely and accurate information and guidance. The impact of the Executive Order is evolving, and legal challenges have resulted in several federal courts enjoining enforcement of parts of the Executive Order.
Our support and commitment to the well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff remain unwavering. Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, and faculty. As I said in University-wide communications December 6 and December 9, UVM will continue, without exception, to steadfastly and vigorously support and protect members of our University community to the maximum extent allowed by the Constitution and federal and state laws. The two communications sent by OIE on Friday and Saturday evenings to members of our community who are potentially impacted by the Executive Order reinforce this commitment.
Our staff in the Office of International Education is available around the clock to members of the campus community who are uncertain how the Executive Order may affect them, even if you have not previously sought the assistance of that office. Counseling and Psychiatry Services is available for UVM students and Invest EAP resources are available to UVM employees seeking support.