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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

U.S. Presidential Executive Orders and International Students and Scholars

This website will serve as a frequently updated resource for those at Central Washington University on F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visas and associated departments/staff/faculty.

If you are in some other status, please see the section on Who To Contact (below).


We ask that students, scholars, and departments understand that things are moving very quickly, legal challenges are expected, and clear guidance and answers are not necessarily immediately available to the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP). As a result, the information provided here is the most detailed we can offer at this time.

Readers should check back frequently and be certain to read the Update Tracker for the most recent guidance. OISP will send out notices only if significant updates are available through the following processes:

• Direct emails to international students and scholars
• Updates to the OISP web site
The Executive Orders

Executive Order Litigation Updates

June 27, 2018 — Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect. On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0) pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780. Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect, and limits entry to the United States by certain citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. An eighth country, Chad, was removed from this list effective April 10, 2018. The Travel Ban 3.0 restrictions on the remaining seven countries are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Travel Ban 3.0 on June 26, 2018. For more information:

June 26, 2017 — The U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the Maryland and Hawaii district courts' preliminary injunctions. The decision, however, contains an important exception that upholds the injunction for individuals "who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Most students and scholars, therefore, should continue to be exempt from the 90-day bar.  For more information go to:  To read the Supreme Court's decision, go to:

April 6, 2017—This immigration guidance was just published by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General:

March 16, 2017—The U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order.

March 15, 2017—The U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Government from enforcing the executive order's Section 2(c) entry bar that was scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. See NAFSA's Executive Order Litigation Updates page for information on how pending lawsuits might impact the effective date of Executive Order 13780.

March 13, 2017—The State of Washington filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court in Seattle to extend the preliminary injunction issued on the first executive order (13769) to the second executive order (13780). If the court does so, enforcement of the 90-day entry ban in the second order would be enjoined as well. Washington State bases its argument on the strong similarity of the two executive orders. Washington also moved for permission to amend the complaint that had been filed on the first executive order. The District Court must now consider both motions in the context of any responses filed by the Government. Stay up to date on NAFSA's executive order travel advisory page, at

March 6, 2017—A new Executive Order was issued.  It can be read in it’s entirety here

This new order repeals the previous order, and makes this new one effective.  The list of travel banned countries was shortened to: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

A rational for the order was added.   Updates on implementation are being requested at 60, 90, 120, and 150 days after this order takes effect.  Students requesting a visa renewal that were previously able to use a waiver system will now be required to have an in-person interview for renewal.  This order primarily affects those who have not yet gotten a visa to travel to the US. 

NAFSA’s explanation of the order can be read here.

Update Tracker

• February 9, 2017 - A federal appeals court has maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the U.S.

• January 29, 2017 - Reports indicate that individuals from the seven countries are being told not to pay visa application fees or report for scheduled visa applications as they will not be permitted entrance to the consulates or to submit a visa application.  Website updates clarifying language on the federal emergency stay; added link for departments/staff/faculty to subscribe to OISP department listserv.

• January 28, 2017 - Stay on removal issued by federal court - A federal judge has issued a stay (link is external) against portions of the executive order. It appears that the stay prevents officials from removing those individuals who have already arrived at a U.S. Port of Entry with valid visas and would be otherwise admissible. It does not guarantee that those individuals would actually be admitted to the U.S., just that they should not be sent away, although reports indicate some have later been admitted.  It appears that this applies only to those who arrived or were in the midst of travel while the new executive order was being signed.  OISP has seen no indication that this stay would apply to anyone who has not yet initiated travel to the U.S.

Information for Newly Admitted or Future International Students

New Students Who Have Never Been on a Student Visa Before

• If you are from one of the seven countries listed above, it appears that you will not be able to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa during this 90-day period.  However, this period expires at the end of April, so you may still have time to apply for a visa if you have been admitted for the Fall 2017 quarter.  This is assuming the orders are not extended or no new orders created.  You should also be prepared for the possibility, however, that your visa application could be subject to a background security check.  If this happens it could cause delays in obtaining a visa, which could prevent you from attending the Fall 2017 quarter.  In such cases, you will want to communicate with the Office of Admissions to see if your admission can be deferred to a future quarter.

• If you are from any other country, the visa application process has not changed.  You will make an appointment to go in person to the U.S. consulate and apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa.

New Students Who Are Transferring from Another U.S. School

• If you are from one of the seven countries listed above, you should still arrange to have your current school transfer your SEVIS record to Central Washington University once your studies end there. You may choose to stay in the U.S. between the time your current school's studies end and your Central Washington University courses begin, assuming that period of time is 5 months or less. If you choose to travel outside the U.S. and the 90-day ban has ended, if your current F or J visa is expired you will be required to apply for a new one, and must do so in person at a U.S. consulate.

• If you are from any other country, you should arrange to have your current SEVIS record transferred to Central Washington University once your studies end there. You may choose to stay in the U.S. between the time your current school's studies end and your Central Washington University courses begin, assuming that period of time is 5 months or less. If you choose to travel outside the U.S., if your current F or J visa is expired you will be required to apply for a new one, and must do so in person at a U.S. consulate.

Former Central Washington University Returning After an Absence

• Please contact OISP (contact information below) for guidance on your visa situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

• I am from one of the 7 countries listed.  Does this mean I will have to leave the U.S.? 

No, if you are currently inside the U.S. then you will continue with your student or scholar activities as normal. These orders would impact you only if you leave the U.S. during this 90-day period.

• I am from a different country that is not on the list but is a "Muslim majority" country, what should I do? 

As of this date, it is not clear how or if those from other "Muslim majority" countries may be impacted. You may want to seek professional guidance if you do plan to travel. OISP will update this information as it becomes available.

• I am from a country that is not on the list and is not a "Muslim majority" country (ex. China, Germany, Australia, etc.).  Do I need to be worried or do anything differently? 

At this point the only change for you is if (1) you travel outside the U.S. and (2) your visa is expired so that you need to renew your F or J visa.  If this is the case, then you would be required to go in person to the U.S. consulate to complete the application process - you cannot use any mail-in or bank application processes, it must be done in-person. If your visa is still valid, then nothing is different for you.  See the information provided above.

• I am not a citizen of any of these countries but I was born there, will this impact me?

This is not clear to OISP at this time.

• I am not a citizen or national of these countries but I traveled there recently, will this impact me?

This is not clear to OISP at this time.

• I am from a Central Washington University department and we are expecting a J-1 scholar who may be impacted.  What should we do?

Please contact Steve Cook, assistant director of Study Abroad,, 509-963-1558.

• I am an enrolled student who is in a status other than F or J, who can help me? 

See the section below on Who To Contact.
Who To Contact

Immigration Questions/Concerns:

• Office of International Student Programs – For those in F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status at Central Washington University, Ellensburg/Wenatchee/Moses Lake/Yakima: Roz Moes,, 509-963-3614; Other University Centers: Kathy Gallentine,, 509-963-3879, 425-640-1574, ext. 3879

• Human Resources – For those on employment visas employed by and sponsored by Central Washington University,, 509-963-1202

Personal Safety:

• Center for Diversity and Social Justice – Jamese Johnson,, 509-963-2229

• Police Services – Michael Luvera,, 509-963-2959

• Student Medical and Counseling Clinic – Rhonda McKinney, Counseling Clinic,, 509-963-1391

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Statement from CWU President James L. Gaudino

I’m writing to you all at a time of political turmoil and hyper-partisanship unprecedented in my lifetime. As I write, legal and political affairs are so fluid that I can’t be sure that current events will not overtake this message before it is distributed. However, I cannot be silent when so many are anxious and fearful about the safety and security of family and friends.

Central Washington University welcomes people from all walks of life, from all places on earth. We do not judge people by the origin of their birth, but by the content of their character. We embrace the value of a community enriched by diverse experiences, abilities, and cultures.

As you know, President Donald Trump recently signed several executive orders. Executive orders give federal agencies instructions on how to interpret and carry out federal law. In addition to finding information about these orders in the news and social media, I encourage you to read the orders, which you can find here.

One that has generated significant confusion was issued Friday. That order halts for 90 days the issuance of all new immigrant and non-immigrant visas from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. This order does not affect any CWU employees. However, it may affect one student and we are clarifying that person’s status now. Federal courts suspended portions of this order on Saturday and today, 15 or more attorneys general are challenging the legality of it. Until this matter is clarified, I strongly urge our students and employees to seek guidance from our Office of International Studies and Programs about all aspects of international travel and study.

I have stated before and will continue to pledge CWU’s determination to protect the freedom and security of students and employees. We are a welcoming community that places the highest value on inclusiveness, free speech, and the open exchange of ideas and cultures. The Board of Trustees strongly affirms these values.

It’s easy to feel helpless when change is happening so fast in so many places. You are not helpless. Start by seeking out facts and reading widely. Reach out to people around you to provide support and encouragement. In doing so, you may be encouraged yourself.

You may want to discuss these matters with your elected representatives (CWU is in the 8th Congressional District). They welcome your respectful concerns and questions. You may be registered to vote in a different district, in which case you can find your representatives here. Remember, each of us has power. Each of us can speak truth to power. We live in a democracy in which it is our responsibility to do so. Take heart in knowing that your university is deeply and firmly committed to promoting an inclusive environment in which students can live and learn in peace and security.


James L. Gaudino
Central Washington University

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