Message from senior leaders to U.S. permanent residents


Executive Order Update for U.S. permanent residents
Feb. 3, 2017

This message serves as a follow-up to our previous communications regarding the recent Executive Order related to immigration issues and travel restrictions, and how it might affect Lawful Permanent Residents (“green card holders”).  Although there are still unanswered questions, we have some clarifications, updates, and recommendations to share with you, based on information that we have been able verify with official sources.

We appreciate that this has been an extremely stressful week for many of you.  We hope to help ease that stress by providing you with timely and accurate updates when, as is currently the case, we have confirmation of new developments.

Executive Order Updates

The Executive Order does not apply to U.S. citizens, even those who are dual citizens of the U.S. and one of the affected countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Customs and Border Protection and the White House have now confirmed that that the Executive Order does not apply to Lawful Permanent Residents, even if they are citizens of one of the countries listed in the Executive Order (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).  Therefore, as a Lawful Permanent Resident, you are not subject to the ban imposed by the Executive Order and may travel without restriction.

Recommendations and Cautions

  • Since this new information was just released recently, Lawful Permanent Residents who are citizens of one of the affected countries should be prepared for the possibility of questioning at a U.S. port of entry. You might also decide not to travel at this time. If you do choose to travel internationally, we advise carrying copies of the information from Customs and Border Protection, so that you can show it to U.S. border officials if necessary.  It clearly states that the Executive Order does not apply to the entry of Lawful Permanent Residents to the United States.
  • Even if you are not a citizen of one of the affected countries, if you have travelled to any of these countries, you should also expect that you may be questioned when entering the United States.

The International Center, as the university’s official source of immigration information, will continue to monitor any developments and will send updates to the campus on important and relevant changes, as needed.


Paul Courant
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Life

Laurita Thomas
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
University Human Resources