Western International

Information and support - US travel restrictions

Western is proud - and honoured - to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship. They strengthen our campus community, bringing new knowledge, ideas, perspectives, talent and skills for the benefit of all Canadians.

Western has compiled this list of resources for members of the campus community who may be affected by recent executive orders in the United States.

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Resources and Information:


Support

Students and other members of the campus community who have questions or require assistance with respect to immigration matters or other support may contact Western International at iesc@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 ext. 89309.


Frequently Asked Questions:

With ongoing proceedings within the American court system, how do I know if the travel ban is in effect?

Updated information can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.  Please see links below.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/66/kw/executive%20order
https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

Information is also provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

As a Western student, is my privacy protected with respect to citizenship?

Western does not disclose a student's citizenship information unless with the consent of the student, or as otherwise required by law.

I am a dual citizen, a Canadian citizen and a citizen of one of the seven countries affected by President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017. Can I travel to the USA?

“The Government of Canada has been informed that Canadians travelling with a Canadian passport, including dual citizens who have Canadian citizenship and citizenship from one of the following seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, will not be affected by the Executive Order… 

The decision to allow entry into the United States is made at the discretion of the U.S. immigration officer. Expect delays during the clearance process due to possible additional screening measures. Further details will be provided as they become available.”

It is recommended that dual citizens travel to the United States under their Canadian passports. You may experience delays at the border or ports of entry due to longer wait times, and you may be subject to extensive questioning about your travel and personal histories. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have discretionary authority as to who may or may not be admitted to the United States, regardless of whether a visa is required, or whether a visa has been issued.

For the latest updates on travel information to the United States visit https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states 

You may wish to visit the independent commentary published by Green and Spiegel Immigration Law Firm regarding how the Executive Order may affect Canadian and Permanent Residents, and their recommendations for travel. http://www.gands.com/knowledge-centre/firmnews/news-item/2017/01/31/clear-as-mud-how-the-u.s.-travel-ban-affects-canadians-and-permanent-residents

I am a permanent resident of Canada and a citizen of one of the seven countries affected by President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017. Can I travel to the USA?

Maybe.

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Sunday that "the White House has given assurances that permanent residents of Canada can enter the U.S. provided they have a valid Canadian permanent resident card and passport from one of the seven affected countries.” (The Canadian Press posted: Jan 29, 2017)

Similarly, entry requirements for Canadian permanent residents with a valid Canadian permanent resident card and a passport from one of those seven countries remain unchanged as a result of the Executive Order. https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states

However, “Permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada must have a non-immigrant visa unless the permanent resident is a national of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), meets the VWP requirements, and is seeking to enter the United States for 90 days or less under that program.” https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/canada-bermuda.html

Note: VWP nationals must have an Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.

“Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

  • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.”

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

You may wish to visit the independent commentary published by Green and Spiegel Immigration Law Firm regarding how the Executive Order may affect Canadian and Permanent Residents, and their recommendations for travel. http://www.gands.com/knowledge-centre/firmnews/news-item/2017/01/31/clear-as-mud-how-the-u.s.-travel-ban-affects-canadians-and-permanent-residents

I am currently in the USA, and I am a citizen of one of the seven countries affected by President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017. Can I leave the USA?

Yes. BUT you will not be permitted to re-enter the USA or apply for a visa to re-enter the USA during the travel ban if you are a citizen of one of the affected countries. The travel ban will last for 90 days from January 27, 2017 and could potentially be extended.

If I have already booked my travel tickets, can I get a refund if I cancel my trip or reroute to a different country?

Many Canadian and American airlines have agreed to waive cancellation fees and have established policies to reimburse or credit customers who have been affected.

I’m an international student planning a trip to the USA. How do I check if I’m eligible to travel there?

Most individuals are still eligible to travel to and enter the USA. Please visit the U.S. Department of State – U.S. Visas website for further information. Please see https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

However, if you are a citizen of one of the affected countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) you will not be able to apply for a visa or schedule a visa appointment. If you already have an appointment scheduled, do not attend as you will not be permitted entry into the US Consulate/Embassy.

If you have already been issued a visa, you will not be allowed entry into the USA, so do not travel to the USA until the travel ban is lifted for your country. https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/news/executive-order-on-protecting-the-nation-from-terrorist-attacks-by-foreign-nationals.html

If you are a citizen of one of the countries that is part of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP), “Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

  • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.” https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html 

If you are an international student at Western University and would like clarification on whether you will be affected by the Executive Order, you are welcome to stop by the IESC during immigration drop-in hours to speak to an International Student Advisor.