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U.S. Courts Block President Trump’s Travel Ban and Updated Advice for EMU Students

As of February 3rd, 2017, travel to the U.S. from the seven nations listed in Trump’s travel ban has resumed. U.S. Visas are being issued for citizens of these countries at U.S. embassies and consulates.

While the travel ban was still in effect, EMU President Susan Huxman and Provost Fred Kniss had issued a public statement in response which reads in part:

Each one of our four shared values at EMU – Christian discipleship, community, service and peacebuilding – is put to the test by this executive order. So too is our collective work to ‘welcome the stranger’ as Jesus called us to do.

We will work carefully and diligently to ensure that we can continue to fulfill this important mission for our community, state, country and world, as well as support in our midst those impacted by these developments. Blessings to all as we navigate these new directives. (read the full text of their statement here.)

Advice to Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) applicants:

If you are from one of the 7 countries listed in the Executive Order, visas are once again being issued for travel to and study in the US. However, please note that this information is subject to change based on possible policy changes in the Trump administration. Contacting the US Embassy consular office either by telephone or e-mail may be the only way to remain updated on these policies.

Advice to EMU students currently in the U.S.:

If you are a citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, or Somalia, we encourage you to avoid all unnecessary international travel. A sudden change in U.S. policy could make it difficult or impossible for you to re-enter the country. This applies to all family member on F-2 or J-2 visas as well.

Please note, this information is provided as guidance only. If in doubt, you should consult with an immigration attorney to discuss your specific situation and/or contact the nearest US embassy or consulate.