Office of the Chancellor

Guidance on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

Jan. 28, 2017

Dear UCI community:

Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order suspending entry into the United States for various categories of travelers. The order apparently includes refugees, immigrants, non-immigrant visa holders, and lawful U.S. permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. UCI has 154 students and scholars from these countries.

Below you will find official guidance from the University of California Office of the President, recommending that “UC community members from these seven countries who hold a visa to enter the United States or who are lawful permanent residents do not travel outside of the United States.”

I want to express my deep concern for our students, scholars and others who will be personally affected by this order. I am also concerned about the order’s impact on the ability of universities to pursue our mission. I agree with the statement today by the Association of American Universities (http://www.aau.edu/news/article.aspx?id=18366) that the order “is already causing damage and should end as quickly as possible.”

In the days to come we will be working to better understand the implications of this order. In the meantime, if you have any questions or any personal circumstances that deserve our attention, please contact the Office of Global Engagementglobal@uci.edu or 949-824-9705. For campus support with international emergencies that happen outside of the United States, contact UC Irvine Police: +1-949-824-5223, +1-949-824-5222.

With Warm Regards,

Chancellor Howard Gillman


Guidance from the University of California Office of the President for the UC Community on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Based on news reports, individuals with immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those with green cards who are originally from these countries are being denied entry into the United States. We continue to analyze the executive order and its impact on our students, faculty, scholars, employees and other community members. At this time, we recommend that UC community members from these seven countries who hold a visa to enter the United States or who are lawful permanent residents do not travel outside of the United States.

We will continue to monitor and analyze the impact of the executive order and will issue additional guidance as soon as possible. Until then, if you are a visa holder or green card holder from one of these countries that is currently abroad, or you have any questions, please contact the International Studies Office on your campus.