International Employee Relations

The University of Oregon has reaffirmed its commitment to retaining all of our employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin; and promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity. 

Contacts:

If you have concerns about changes that could affect your ability to continue to work at the University, contact Jennifer Doreen, International Employment Specialist.

If you would like to contact an immigration attorney about your specific situation and concerns, visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association website for information on how to select an immigration attorney and a list of immigration attorneys.


Executive Order Effective March 16, 2017

President Trump signed a new executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on March 6, 2017. The new Order takes effect on March 16, 2017 and expressly revokes the January 27, 2017 order. There are several key components to understand:

Travel Ban

  • The new order includes a travel ban. It prohibits entry into the U.S. by visitors and immigrants from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for at least 90 days.  The prohibition does not require any individualized determination that the individuals are a security risk. 
  • The new order explicitly exempts permanent residents and dual nationals traveling on a passport from a country that is not one of the six designated countries. 
  • Before individuals of the six countries can resume entering the U.S., an assessment of each country must be conducted - by the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, and National Intelligence - to determine if additional vetting is needed to improve the security screening for visa applicants. 

Recommendations from UO:  The UO currently is recommending that employees from the affected countries, who are in the US as nonimmigrants (e.g. H-1B, J-1, F-1), NOT travel outside of the US until the travel ban is lifted for the employee’s country of citizenship.

If you are a UO employee from an affected country and you are considering travelling outside of the US, please contact Jennifer Doreen, International Employment Specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu.

Travel Ban Details

In-Person Interviews Required for Nonimmigrant Visa Applications 

The new order immediately suspends the Visa Interview Waiver Program and effectively mandates in-person interviews for all nonimmigrant visa applicants.  The Visa Interview Waiver Program previously allowed consular officers to waive the interview requirement for applicants seeking to renew nonimmigrant visas within 12 months of expiration of the initial visa in the same classification.  The Visa Interview Waiver Program has been used to waive the interview requirement only for travelers who have already been vetted and determined to be a low security risk and who have demonstrated track record of stable employment and travel.  Suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program will place enormous burdens on U.S. consulates– by increasing already extended interview wait times and processing times.

Recommendations from UO:  UO employees who are not US citizens should check the validity of their visas before leaving the US.  If the visa will expire before the employee re-enters the US, the employee should allow additional time for delayed visa processing.

Refugee Resettlement

The new Order suspends refugee resettlement to the United States for 120 days and reduces the number of refugees that the US will resettle in fiscal year 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000.  Syrian refugees are no longer indefinitely banned under the new order, though they are subject to the 120-day suspension of the refugee program.  The new Order no longer gives preference to individuals facing religious persecution who practice minority religions in their country of nationality. 


Get Updates on Changes to the Immigration System

If you would like to receive updates on changes to the U.S. immigration system that could affect UO's global employees, please subscribe to the Immigration Update email list.

HR periodically communicates directly with with departments and international employees and maintains an archive of its communications: HR Message Archive


How are immigration laws changed?

The ability to change immigration law and the timeframe depends on multiple factors; the biggest factor is the type of legal framework that would have to be changed to effect the change.

The following links provide you with more information about the different legal frameworks that comprise the immigration system in the United States:

What should I do if I’m Contacted by Law Enforcement?

For information about your rights and legal responses to inquiries by law enforcement, visit the American Immigration Council website.

You have the right to remain silent and to speak to an attorney before you answer any questions by an immigration official. If you are contacted by law enforcement, you may want to contact an immigration attorney about your specific situation and concerns. Visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association website for information on how to select an immigration attorney and a list of immigration attorneys


UO Leadership Supports Our Global Community

President Schill and the leadership at the University of Oregon have reaffirmed the University’s commitment to retaining all of our employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin; and promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity.  See statements made by University of Oregon’s top leadership:

New executive order restricting immigration and refugee entry: March 9, 2017

UO affirms support for global ties, international scholars: January 29, 2017

Support for resolution reaffirming shared values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion:  November 17, 2016

Supportive of all students regardless of immigration status:  November 16, 2016

Committed to Inclusion:  November 15, 2016


Campus Resources

Human Resources, International Employment Specialist: Jennifer Doreen

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Employees who receive UO benefits can consult with an independent immigration attorney to discuss personal immigration questions – for free – through the Employee Assistance Program. 

Division of Equity and Inclusion


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