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Updates and Information on the Federal Immigration Executive Order

 US DACA Update

ISO Hosts a Remote Know-Your-Rights Information Session

With spring break and anticipated student travel next week, the University’s International Services Office is hosting an information session for DACA/undocumented students and any interested allies on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The information session will also include updates from legal experts on the administration’s attempt to rescind DACA six months ago and the status of the federal district court order enjoining that attempted rescission and mandating that the government continue to process DACA renewals.

To obtain login instructions for this session, which will be presented in an anonymous Zoom Meeting format, please send an e-mail request to questions@iso.rochester.edu.


Limited Window Opens for DACA Renewals

Members of the University community who have previously been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA” should seriously consider applying for renewal in light of the recent announcement that USCIS has resumed accepting DACA renewal requests. Given ongoing legal challenges and legislative debates, there is no guarantee how long this window will remain open, so all who might potentially benefit from this opportunity are encouraged by the International Services Office (ISO) to consult with immigration experts and legal services who stand ready to advise and assist in this process.

Local resources include the Legal Aid Society of Rochester (lasroc.org; 585-232-4090) and the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County (vlsprochester.org; 585-232-3051). Assistance for those unable to afford the significant filing fee is available and ISO encourages those interested in helping to visit give.funderbolt.io/uofr/emergency-funding-for-daca-students. Contact ISO Director Cary Jensen at questions@iso.rochester.edu or 585-275-2866 for additional information.


On September 5, 2017, President Trump issued a statement regarding plans to rescind the Obama Administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This action is formalized in a memorandum, published the same date, from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entitled Rescission of the June 15, 2012 Memorandum Entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children”. The purpose of the memo is to instruct various government agencies about the rationale, mechanisms, and timeline associated with discontinuing the DACA program. ISO has summarized the main provisions of the memo and related guidance in the Immigration Action Summary.

For other resources and to submit any questions or concerns, please see the Recent Immigration Actions & Policies page.


Expanded Travel Ban Announced

On September 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proclamation, supplementing the March 6 Executive Order (13780), which had imposed a temporary ban on visa issuance and entry to the United States for nationals from six specified countries. The September 24 proclamation amended the list of countries affected (removing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan and adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela) and changed the previous restrictions from temporary to indefinite.

This recent expansion of the travel ban is set to take effect on October 18, 2017. The impact on each country and the individuals seeking to travel to the United States from those countries is quite different, ranging from a relatively limited suspension of visitor visas for certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members to a sweeping suspension on entry to the United States of nationals, immigrant and nonimmigrant, from North Korea and Syria.

There will likely be forthcoming official clarifications on these restrictions as well as legal challenges that might impact how they will be interpreted and implemented. We encourage any student or scholar from the affected countries, especially those from the eight countries included in the recent proclamation (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen), to seek updated information and advice and to consult with an ISO advisor prior to traveling outside the United States or before doing anything that might affect their current immigration status.

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