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International Travel Restrictions Information

International students & scholars from the seven countries still subject to the September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) should review the information below and then contact ISSS for specific guidance regarding the travel restrictions and future entry to the U.S. 

Update (as of 7/9/2018)

On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on and upheld the Presidential Proclamation that was issued on September 24, 2017.  The country of Chad was removed from the list. The U.S. State Department provided a June 26th update on their site.

The June 26, 2018 Supreme Court decision supercedes the April 13, 2018 and October 17, 2017 updates listed below.

On April 13, 2018, a revision to the Presidential Proclamation regarding travel restrictions took effect and was posted on the U.S. Department of State website while it was in effect. (It is no longer posted.)

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. The specific restrictions for North Korea and Venezuela remained in effect.


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.


International Student and Scholar Services

For questions regarding international travel, immigration issues, visa information, and more, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at

Middlebury has been in contact with most of our federal, state, and local legislators in Vermont. Without exception, their offices have been extremely supportive.

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 and parents.

College alumni and parents have generously offered support for our students in different ways. If you wish to offer your support, please contact Baishakhi Taylor, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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.

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

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Students are invited to contact MSA via email at with any questions or if they need support.

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, contact:

Barbara McCall
Director of Health and Wellness Education
Phone: 802-443-5361

At Monterey

Office of Student Services

Ashley Fera Arrocha
Associate Dean of Student Services
Phone: 831-647-4654

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Kelly Cole O'Connell
Assistant Director
Phone: 831-647-3586

Last updated 10/10/2018

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802 443-5858