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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-661-2111 ext. 89309.
Information is also provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Please review the Official Policy on Inspection of Electronic Devices from the US Border Patrol
You may also wish to review recent news articles on this issue, and take appropriate precautions:
Yes.The suspension of entry and visa processing for foreign nationals who hold dual citizenship with a non-designated country will not be affected as long as they are traveling on the passport issued by a non-designated country (i.e. your Canadian passport).
For the latest updates on travel information to the United States visit https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states
Foreign nationals who are landed Canadian immigrants – Permanent Residents of Canada – who apply for a visa at a US Consulate within Canada may be eligible for a waiver.
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.”
The Executive Order allows for waivers to be granted to foreign nationals from those six countries if they had previously been admitted to the United States for a continuous period of work, study or other long-term activity, is outside the United States on the effective date of the order, and is seeking to re-enter to resume that activity.
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.
However, if you are a citizen of one of the affected countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) you may not be able to apply for a visa or schedule a visa appointment unless you meet one of the exceptions under section 3 of the revised Executive Order.
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.
“A foreign national affected by the Executive Order who was in Canada as of January 27th and who has either valid temporary resident status, requires temporary resident status or restoration, may apply to extend their stay in Canada by submitting an online or paper application. Applicants are required to detail how they are affected by the Executive Order in a separate document/letter with their application.
These foreign nationals may also apply for an open work permit from within Canada if they meet the requirements to obtain a work permit.
These individuals will benefit from the following fee exemptions:
For further information, please see the link below:
The order becomes effective at 12:01am on Thursday March 16, 2017.
The Executive Order signed on March 6, 2017 imposes a suspension of the entry of nationals and processing of visa applications from nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian and Yemen, if they:
Section 3 of the Executive Order provides for exceptions and includes the following foreign nationals of the designated countries:
Case-by-case waivers may also be granted under section 3(c) where applicants demonstrate that undue hardship would be caused. Some examples include:
Individuals whose visas were marked revoked or cancelled as a result of EO 13769 shall be entitled to a travel document confirming that the individual is permitted to travel to the US and seek entry. Any cancellation or revocation as a result of EO 13769 will not prejudice the applicant in future applications. You will need to apply for a travel document through the US Consulate or Embassy nearest you.