International Travel Restrictions Information

Update (as of 5/1/2018)

On April 13, 2018, a revision to the Presidential Proclamation regarding travel restrictions took effect.

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was filed on October 17, 2017, preventing full implementation of President Trump's September 24, 2017 Proclamation, which revised the March 6, 2017 Executive Order restricting the travel of nationals of certain countries.  For details about the current status, please see the Department of State update on the situation. The specific restrictions for North Korea and Venezuela remain in effect.

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On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.” This expanded the list to countries subject to travel restrictions (8 countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen).

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to President Trump’s travel ban in October 2017. In doing so, the Court has allowed portions of the travel ban to take effect as of June 29, 2017 until a decision is announced. The Court declared that the ban affects “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”  However, the partial lifting of the ban is a temporary measure until the Court decides the case.  

  • Middlebury's international students and scholars who already have visas or who are already in the U.S. are not subject to the travel restrictions. While the case is pending, Middlebury students, scholars and employees from one of the six named countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria & Yemen) who are currently in the U.S. are advised to avoid non-essential travel outside of the U.S.
  • Students and employees in the process of applying for a visa should not be affected by the travel restrictions since they have a specific relationship to Middlebury (see guidance from NAFSA: Association of International Educators).

Consult this Department of Homeland Security site for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Department of State site for details about their implementation of the revised ruling.  See NAFSA's Executive Order Litigation Updates to stay current with regard to the case milestones.  Below is some background information.

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. Justice Department appealed both the Fourth and the Ninth Circuit rulings to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had to first decide if it would hear the case, and then if so, it will consider the merits of the case, most likely in October 2017, at the start of the Court's next term. 

Spring 2017: Two U.S. District Courts (Maryland/Fourth District and Hawaii/Ninth District) filed Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) against the travel-related Executive Orders issued in January and March. That process prevented their full implementation until the Supreme Court issued its initial decision in late June (which allowed for partial implementation).

On March 6, 2017: President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that modified the initial "travel ban" EO issued in January. Iraq was removed from the list of specified countries.

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things, restricted travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Middlebury President Laurie Patton issued two statements in response to the issuance of the initial executive order.
January 28 statement
February 1 statement


Middlebury supports all members of its global community without regard to place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or religion.

We have created this webpage as a resource for community members and their families who are impacted or potentially impacted by President Trump's executive order.

Resources

For questions regarding international travel, immigration issues, visa information, and more, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@middlebury.edu.

Middlebury has been in contact with most of our federal, state, and local legislators in Vermont. Without exception, their offices have been extremely supportive. If you have questions about our legislative outreach, please contact Dave Donahue, special assistant to the president.

At Middlebury

Affected students concerned about their future plans during breaks or after graduation should contact Dean of Students Baishakhi Taylor to discuss possible housing arrangements and offers of support from alumni.

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

The Scott Center staff is available to support students and invites students to contact them or stop by the Center.  (note: The Scott Center organized an all-community event to support a Friday Muslim prayer service in February 2017.)

A number of local congregations and faith communities have expressed their concern for Middlebury College students.

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Students are invited to contact MSA with questions or if they need support.  (note: The MSA organized a rally of solidarity held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. outside McCullough Student Center.)

Anderson Freeman Resource Center

The Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC), located in Carr Hall, works to promote an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for the Middlebury community.

Health and Wellness Education

For support relating to health and wellness, please contact:

Barbara McCall
Director of Health and Wellness Education
Phone: 802-443-5361
Email: bmccall@middlebury.edu

At Monterey

Office of Student Services

Ashley Fera Arrocha
Associate Dean of Student Services
Phone: 831-647-4654
Email: aarrocha@miis.edu

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Kelly Cole O'Connell
International Student Advisor
Phone: 831-647-3586
Email: koconnell@miis.edu

College Alumni and Parents

We have received generous offers of support for our students in different ways. If you wish to offer your support, please contact Baishakhi Taylor, Dean of Students.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
84 South Service Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802 443-5858
F: 802 443-2063
isss@middlebury.edu