Executive Order Information

This page is intended to provide an overview about the Executive Orders signed by President Trump that affect immigration and travel.



Below please find updates from official sources regarding the executive order. Information and interpretations are continually evolving, so we encourage you to visit the official sources below for all updated information as it becomes available.

If you are from one of the countries currently affected, we continue to encourage you to meet with your international student advisor if you plan to travel outside the United States, especially if you are planning to apply for a visa stamp at a US Consulate abroad.

As new information arises and you are from one of the affected countries, please don't hesitate to contact your international student advisor for clarification. Be careful which media sources you use to stay up-to-date on current events - information about the executive order is changing very rapidly and the interpretation or accuracy may vary based on the source.

Presidential Proclamation Implementing Indefinite Entry Bar for Certain Countries

Presidential Proclamation

June 26, 2018: Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect. "The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Travel Ban 3.0.  The ban had already been in effect since December 4, 2017, after the Supreme Court stayed preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked the ban." (NAFSA, 2018)

April 13th, 2018: Chad removed from list through a Presidential Proclamation (see Countries Affected below)

December 4, 2017: Though litigation is pending, "the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) stayed preliminary injunctions that had been issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland, which allows the government to fully enforce Travel Ban 3.0 on all 8 countries." (NAFSA, 2017)

October 17, 2017: "[a] Temporary Restraining Order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii blocks enforcement of the Proclamation 9645 bar..." (NAFSA, 2017)

"On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, restricting entry to the United States for the nationals of eight countries. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country." (NAFSA, 2017)

Countries Affected

For more specific information, please see this link.

Persons from these seven (7) countries are currently affected by this Presidential Proclamation:

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

History of countries affected by Presidential Proclamation:
September 24, 2017: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen (please note that these 5 countries were already covered by the original executive order)
October 18, 2017: 3 additional countries added - Chad, North Korea, Venezuela - for a total of 8 countries affected
April 10, 2018 Presidential Proclamation: 1 country removed from list - Chad, effective April 13th, - for a current total of 7 countries affected

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Commentary on the Presidential Proclamation

  • NAFSA is the professional association for international educators in our field. NAFSA regularly updates this page as it pertains to the executive order and any developments.
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Timeline of the Executive Order

Update from June 26, 2017: "The U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban." It does however allow for an exemption for F-1/J-1/M-1 students who have been admitted to a school in the United States.

For more information, below is information cited directly from the NAFSA website: 

  • On Sunday, September 24th, the Executive Order as it relates to the 90-day entry ban expired - and a Presidential Proclamation was issued (see above).
  • "In a June 26, 2017 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban."
  • "On June 1, 2017, the Department of Justice appealed both the Fourth and the Ninth Circuit rulings to the Supreme Court."
  • "On May 25, 2017, the Fourth Circuit upheld the Maryland Court's injunction."
  • "On April 3, 2017, the Court granted the Government's unopposed motion to expedite consideration of the Government's March 31, 2017 motion for a stay of the District Court's preliminary injunction and the Government's underlying appeal of the injunction, and set an April-May appeal calendar."
  • "On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Hawai'i converted its March 15, 2017 temporary restraining order (which was valid for a maximum of 14 days), into a preliminary injunction, which will continue to block enforcement of the Section 2(c) 90-day travel bar and the Section 6 120-day refugee admissions bar for the duration of the litigation in the Hawai'i District Court. The preliminary injunction also continues to block all of Section 2 of the executive order, including the prospective "indefinite" entry bar of Section 2(e). The Government appealed this court order on March 30, 2017.
  • "On March 24, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Virginia denied plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order on Executive Order 13780, finding the executive order's entry bars to be within the authority of a president. The orders issued by the Maryland and Hawai'i, however, continue to block enforcement nationwide of the section 2(c) 90-day entry bar and the section 6 120-day refugee admissions bar."
  • "On March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order."
  • "Other sections of Executive Order 13780 that are not enjoined by court order became effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on March 16, 2017."
  • "See NAFSA's Executive Order Litigation Updates to stay current."

Countries Affected

The Executive Order as implemented in March 2017 affected only 6 countries, whereby Iraq was removed from the list: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The Executive Order in its original form affected 7 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

  • Commentary on the Executive Order
    • NAFSA is the professional association for international educators in our field. NAFSA regularly updates this page as it pertains to the executive order and any developments.

USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

February 3 statement from USCIS regarding their implementation of the original January 27 executive order

  • Please note this interpretation is subject to change when the new order becomes effective on March 16. It is unclear as to how benefits granted by USCIS (such as change of status, reinstatement, OPT, etcetera) will be affected by the order.

DHS: Department of Homeland Security

Official DHS site

  • This webpage includes official links to the text of both executive orders and memos, fact sheets, and press releases related to the executive orders.
Other Resources

Advising Information

Students with questions about the Executive Order or Presidential Proclamation are encouraged to meet with their international student advisor in person or by phone. You can schedule an appointment online here: https://www.ndsu.edu/international/advising.

NDSU Counseling Center

If you are a student experiencing emotional distress, we encourage you to take the opportunity to meet with the NDSU Counseling Center team. To find out more about their services or to schedule an appointment, please see their website here: https://www.ndsu.edu/counseling/.


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