Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen: these are the seven countries where under the Executive Order 13769 signed by President Donald Trump, entry into the United States has been suspended for 90 days from January 27, 2017 for immigrants and nonimmigrants.
Those who were in the United States when the Executive Order was signed are not affected, but those who were outside of the U.S. will not be allowed to return until further notice or action. Even if one holds an American green card, entry will be denied. International students from those seven countries who want to study in the United States are having trouble receiving visas to do so due to the executive order.
According to Office of International Student Services and Programs (OISSP), Andrews University does not have any students with affected visas (F1/F2, J1/J2) from the countries specified in Trump’s executive order.
OISSP said, “However, (we) do not know if we have any who are our students currently on PR, DACA, Asylee, Refugee and other protected statuses from those seven banned countries. So since we don’t have any students at this point we are doing what we normally do which is accepting our international students, making sure they feel valued and appreciated and safe here on campus. They are vital part of our campus life bringing cultural diversity and sharing their experience which we would have it difficult to experience otherwise. We also are praying for our international students at this time of distress.”
After providing the above statement, OISSP added their own opinion regarding the executive order and President Andrea Luxton’s statement sent via e-mail to members of the Andrews University community: “Andrews University is an institution that values our international students, staff and faculty. We benefit a great deal from their presence, their culture and their talent shared here on campus. The Office of International Student Services and Programs will continue to monitor closely this and further action that might affect our students. We want student to be confident that they are very important to us and they are welcomed any time at the OISSP, especially at this difficult moment. This office would like to be a home away from home for each of them.”