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February 3, 2017
Greetings Emerson Community,
The recent presidential executive orders have raised immediate questions and concerns for Emerson students, faculty, and staff.? Among the many concerns is the restriction the executive orders place on certain immigrants and non-immigrants, of seven countries, from entering the United States.?Currently these countries are:? Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.?
As a result, some legal challenges have been mounted.?For now, individuals from these countries are advised to postpone any travel plans outside the U.S.? At Emerson College, the staff in the Offices of Internationalization & Global Engagement (IGE), and International Student Affairs (OISA) have reached out to those on student visas directly affected at this time – and offered them every support available.?
In addition, an email notification was sent to?ALL?international students and scholars at the College about this situation.?There may be other students, faculty, or staff in different types of immigration status possibly affected by rapidly changing travel restrictions. To all members of the Emerson community – IGE would like to share a few additional resources, which may be helpful at this time.
Information related to the referenced presidential orders have been incomplete and changing daily.?The below referenced resources have been made available by local colleagues of the professional association NAFSA:?Association of International Educators. You may wish to become familiar and stay current with some/all of them (Please see the following info and links):
3.?National Iranian American Council (NIAC) – this is an advocacy group which follows closely changing laws that impact Iranians in the U.S.? The following is their current take on potential upcoming regulations.
4.?Local non-profits,?who may be active in advising on travel and the executive order, or meeting people at the airport with attorneys.
Additionally, a number of questions have been raised regarding non-immigrant visa interview requirements.?With this in mind,?faculty, staff and students should direct any Emerson International students to the Office of International Student Affairs (Walker Building - 10th Floor) for specific guidance on any matter related to their visa status. There are also numerous on-campus support services staff who work closely with both undergraduate and graduate students – including Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS).?
PLEASE NOTE:?As an additional external resource the?Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement (Boston City Hall, Room 806; 12 noon - 2:00 PM) is now offering FREE immigration consultations with volunteer attorneys. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no appointments) ?-- consultations take place the first and third Wednesdays of every month. For more information, please call (617) 635-2980. The next consultation dates are as follows: February 15, March 1 and 15, April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17, and June 7 and 21. ?It is suggested that you call at least one week in advance for interpretations (other than Spanish) and/or disability accommodations.
Again, the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) staff are available to assist those on student visas with questions or concerns, or to refer students and faculty to the best possible resources available – both on and off campus. OISA is located on the 10th?floor, Walker Building.? Staff there provide a safe, welcoming space to explore issues related to student visa status, options/benefits regarding internships and other future plans, as well as social/cultural adjustment in the US.?
Please do not hesitate to come to our offices with any questions or concerns related to these critical immigration issues.
Dr. Anthony L. Pinder?
Assistant Vice President for?Academic Affairs
Internationalization & Global Engagement