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On Friday, January 27, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order suspending entry into the United States of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for the next 90 days. Please refer to this page for updated information and resources on how this affects MSU faculty, students, and staff.

Travel Advisory


NOTE: Please be aware that information is continually changing. At this time, OISS advises international students, scholars, faculty and staff from the countries listed on the executive order not to travel internationally during this time. Check frequently and contact OISS when in doubt.

February 9, 2017

On Thursday evening February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's emergency motion for a stay on the District Court's temporary restraining order preventing the government from enforcing Executive Order 13769's 90-day entry bar.

Read the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision (PDF)*. The Court of Appeals states in its order,
"we hold that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay."

This leaves in place the District Court's temporary restraining order, which continues to prevent the government from enforcing Section 3(c) of Executive Order 13769, the provision that established the 90-day ban on entry of "immigrants and nonimmigrants" from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and Sections 5(a), 5(b), 5(c), and 5(e) of the Executive Order, which established a 120-day suspension of admission of refugees to the United States. In the meantime, the District Court proceedings will continue.

February 3, 2017

Following is an update posted on the USCIS website regarding processing of filed applications and petitions:

  • "USCIS continues to adjudicate applications and petitions filed for or on behalf of individuals in the United States regardless of their country of origin, and applications and petitions of lawful permanent residents outside the U.S. USCIS also continues to adjudicate applications and petitions for individuals outside the U.S. whose approval does not directly confer travel authorization. Applications to adjust status also continue to be adjudicated, according to existing policies and procedures, for applicants who are nationals of countries designated in the Jan. 27, 2017, "Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States."
  • We will provide additional guidance as it becomes available."
  • For latest news about USCIS processing and decisions, visit the USCIS website:

Department of Homeland Security Statement on Feb. 3 Court Ruling:

  • In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
  • This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.
  • DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.
  • At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President's Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate. The Order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so.
  • For the latest information, please visit the DHS website:

Information Session

Please click on the following links for information on the information session dated February 1, 2017.

Helpful Resources


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