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Announcement on the Revised Executive Order Concerning Immigration from Philip Harris

Modified: March 7, 2017

The following announcement was sent to Northwestern community members on March 6:

Today, President Trump issued a new executive order on immigration. The revised order states that individuals who have valid visas from the affected countries – Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya – are no longer prohibited from entering the country. In addition, the order no longer includes persons from Iraq. However, persons from the affected countries who do not have a valid visa on March 16, 2017, would be barred from entering the U.S. for a 90-day period.

Northwestern University is a global institution that attracts faculty, students, researchers and staff from all over the world, including from the countries that are identified in the new executive order. Accordingly, we are concerned that this new order will limit our ability to meet our mission as a global university. We will work with other universities to respond to this new order in a manner which protects that mission. 

Any members of our community who are concerned about the impact that the new executive order might have on them should contact our International Office or me. The International Office is reviewing the executive order and will have an updated question-and-answer guide later this week.

Philip L. Harris
Vice President and General Counsel