Executive Order Travel Ban

UPDATED: June 26, 2017

On June 26, the US Supreme Court allowed the 90-Day Travel Ban on six countries (Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen) to partially take effect.  The exception made by the court states that the ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” More information about the executive order travel ban is available at the NAFSA website.

As of March 6, 2017

On March 6th a new executive order was signed by the President of the United States imposing a revised travel ban restricting the entrance to the United States for six countries. The six countries include: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  For more detailed information regarding the new Executive Order, links are provided below under Resources, containing the full text and a Fact Sheet with frequently asked questions.

As of January 27, 2017

On January 27th the President of the United States signed an executive order that among other things, temporarily bans citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. We are still evaluating the executive order and its ramifications.  This page is meant to provide resources for understanding this order and how it may affect you.

This page will be maintained with the most current information as it becomes available.  Please contact the International Programs & Partnerships office with any questions.

Letter from President Mazey



  1. International Programs & Partnerships Office -
    • Please drop in the office during business hours 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday, located in 319 Administration Building.
      Call us at 419.372.2247
      Email us at iss@bgsu.edu
  2. NAFSA (Association of International Educators) is a national organization of which BGSU is a member.  NAFSA is providing helpful information to better understand this order.
  3. Full text of NEW Executive Order *dated MARCH 6, 2017
  4. Fact Sheet with Frequently Asked Questions for new Executive Order *dated MARCH 6, 2017
  5. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is providing response to some frequently asked questions.
  6. U.S. Department of State is also providing information for individuals planning travel.
  7. Full text of executive order *dated January 27, 2017

What is BGSU doing to assist students, faculty, and staff affected by this executive order?

  • International Programs & Partnerships will continue to monitor the situation and staying informed about changes and the implementation of this new order.
  • We have and will continue to share information as it becomes available.
  • Faculty and staff with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Maorong Lancaster, Coordinator of Faculty & Staff Immigration Services, at 419.372.2248 or maorong@bgsu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria 
  • Yemen


*Iraq (which was originally included in the Executive Order dated, 1/27/17, has now been removed from this list)

The current Executive Order does not include any changes to the OPT (Optional Practical Training) benefits.  The International Programs & Partnerships office will stay updated on changes or if additional announcements are made.   

If you are a national from one of the six countries identified in the executive order, it is our recommendation you take caution when making travel plans.  Please continue to monitor the news for any updates and/or contact the International Programs and Partnerships office for guidance.

There is always some risk associated with travel and re-entry.  If citizens of countries not included in the executive order are concerned about upcoming travel plans, we encourage them to visit the International Programs & Partnerships office to consult with a designated school official.

Before you attempt to renew your visa, please come to the International Programs & Partnerships office or email iss@bgsu.edu to consult with a designated school official (DSO) for guidance.

Please stop by the International Programs & Partnerships office (319 Administration Building), email (iss@bgsu.edu) or call (419.372.2247) for any immigration related questions or concerns and we will be happy to assist and advocate on your behalf to the best of our abilities.

If you are feeling additional stress and anxiety and would like to speak with a trained professional, please consider visiting the BGSU Counseling Center.  The Counseling Center (104 College Park Office Building) has walk-in hours Monday-Friday 1:30-4:00pm.