International Employees: March 9 Message

Message sent March 9, 2017
TO: All UO Employees
SUBJECT: New executive order restricting immigration and refugee entry

Dear University of Oregon community:

This week, President Trump announced a new executive order restricting immigration and refugee entry into the United States. Superseding the original January 27 executive order on this topic, it imposed a 90-day ban on entry by nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), and blocked refugee entry from any country into the US for 120 days.  

Less sweeping than its predecessor, the new executive order permits entry by green card and valid visa holders from the targeted countries. It gives immigration officials new discretion to permit entry under circumstances that may include study and professional engagements in the US.  

We have advised our students, faculty, and staff from the six targeted countries who hold valid immigration documents that while travel outside and back to the US is possible, it should be undertaken under the guidance of one’s own immigration counsel, and that one should be ready for heightened scrutiny and delays at the US border. We remain quite cautious that new discretion on entry will actually permit the normal flow of new students, new employees, and visiting scholars wishing to come to the UO. For more detailed information, see the UO Office of International Affairs updated Immigration FAQs. Employees can also get information on the Human Resources’ international employee relations webpage.

This normal flow of ideas, information, and people across international divides is critical to our mission in higher education. We thus stand by our January 27 response to the original executive order, and remain steadfast in our conviction that openness to immigration is central to the vitality of this country, recruitment of top international students enhances the competitiveness of US universities, and global engagement is essential for cutting-edge research and academic excellence.

Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President

Dennis Galvan
Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Nancy Resnick
Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President