Skip to main content
Office of Global Affairs

Information and resources for UW community members

Updated June 27, 2017

The University of Washington is closely monitoring the changing situation regarding the March 6, 2017 Executive Order and its impact on our community members, particularly those with connections to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Two federal judges blocked the order in March, and the Supreme Court reviewed their decision in June 2017. The June Supreme Court decision allows the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order to go into effect as written, with one significant exception: Individuals who are able to make a credible showing that they have an existing “bona-fide” relationship with a U.S. person or entity are not subject to the ban, pending further review of the Executive Order by the Court.

The Court’s decision indicates that the types of relationships with U.S. individuals or entities that may qualify under this exception include:

  • A close familial relationships with someone living in the U.S.
  • A formal documented employment relationship with a U.S. employer
  • An established relationship between an admitted or enrolled student or an invited lecturer and a U.S. college or university

The decision states, however, that to qualify under the exception, the relationship cannot be one that is entered into for the purpose of evading the travel ban. It is not yet known how this exception to the travel ban will be applied by immigration officials, who continue to have broad discretion to permit or deny entry to the U.S. for other reasons.

Overview of the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017:

  • It was set to take effect on March 16, 2017.
  • 90-day ban on issuing new visas for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  • Iraq is not among the affected nations.
  • U.S. permanent residents, as well as individuals from the affected countries who have valid immigration documents issued prior to March 16, 2017 are not affected.

We are dedicated to our mission as a global university and to all members of our community, no matter where they call home. In her recent message, President Cauce re-affirmed her commitment to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of our community.

The information and resources below are available for UW community members concerned about the Executive Order.

Travel information

U.S. permanent residents from all nations, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

The Executive Order does not limit travel or mobility for these community members.

All other immigration document types from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

The Executive Order states that citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with valid U.S. immigration documents issued prior to March 16, 2017 will be allowed to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad.

We encourage you to plan ahead carefully if engaging in international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection may hold you for additional screening upon your return. It is essential that you bring appropriate documentation, and you should adjust your plans to allow extra transit time. The Office of Global Affairs can offer guidance on preparing for travel.

Dual citizens with citizenship from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen

The Executive Order states that individuals with dual citizenship will be allowed to travel to the U.S. with passports from non-affected countries.

U.S. citizens

The executive order does not limit travel or mobility for these community members.

More information and resources

Students

with immigration documents issued by the UW
Connect with International Student Services (ISS)

Scholars, faculty, employees and VISIT/VISER student interns

with immigration documents issued by the UW
Connect with Academic HR