A Message from the Harvard International Office: U.S. Immigration & International Travel

January 28, 2017

Harvard International Office

To the international students and scholars from all parts of the world who have long demonstrated their dedication to educational advancement and the pursuit of knowledge, we share your concerns about the recently signed executive action regarding immigration. Offices across the University are closely monitoring the evolving situation.

On Friday the new administration issued an executive order that restricts entry, including reentry, into the U.S. for citizens and nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on both immigrant (permanent residence or green card) and non-immigrant visas. Foreign nationals from those countries should know that until further notice, whatever their visa or green card status, they most likely will not be readmitted into the United States if they travel abroad.

The executive order also contemplates that additional countries could be added to the banned list. Accordingly, until more information becomes available, and given the possibility of a change in government policy that could go into effect immediately, all foreign nationals should carefully assess whether it is worth the risk to travel outside the country.

If you travel abroad, we strongly advise you to enter your itinerary and contact information in the Harvard Travel Registry, which is managed by Harvard Global Support Services. Doing so expedites access to Harvard Travel Assist, their 24/7 global emergency response program. If you do travel abroad and are not permitted to return to the U.S., you should contact Harvard Travel Assist at +1-617-998-0000 or travelassist@harvard.edu to immediately notify the University.

The HIO is working with offices and key stakeholders throughout the University to offer resources and support and to advocate for the international students and scholars across the University who are important members of our community and who play a critical role in Harvard’s academic mission.

As we learn more, we will keep you informed and offer our guidance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.