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Announcement: New travel restrictions go into effect (September 24, 2017 Update)

On September 24, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled, “Enhancing Vetting capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” This replaces the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order of March 6, 2017. The Proclamation designates 8 countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen—for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. Iraq has been removed from the list of proscribed countries; however, Iraqi nationals seeking entry to the United States will be subject to additional scrutiny.

The Proclamation went into effect partially on September 24 and will enter into full effect on October 18.

If you have a visa that you obtained on or before September 24, are a green card holder from one of the 8 countries, or are a dual national traveling on your other passport (for example, a dual Iranian Canadian citizen seeking to enter the U.S. on a Canadian passport), the Proclamation does not apply to you.  In addition, NATO or UN-specific visas are not covered by the new ban.

Since the original Executive Order was issued in January, Tufts has worked with other universities to support legal challenges to the Executive Order; most recently, Tufts contributed to an amicus brief supporting the challenge to the Executive Order before the U.S. Supreme Court, scheduled for oral argument on October 10.  However, since the new vetting procedures are aimed at replacing the earlier Executive Order, the U.S. Supreme Court cancelled the hearing and directed the parties to file briefs addressing whether or to what extent the new Proclamation renders the cases moot.

The “Frequently Asked Questions” section below provides summary of key provisions of the new travel ban and answers to questions members of the Tufts community might have. It is also downloadable here.  The full text of the Proclamation can be found here.  The White House has also published a shorter Fact Sheet about the Proclamation, as well as FAQ. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive more information on how the Proclamation will be implemented.