UMD: A Globally Connected University

Executive Order 13780 "Travel Ban"

June 26, 2017 UPDATE:   Supreme Court opinion regarding the March 6, 2017 Executive Order 13780 “Travel Ban.”

On June 26, 2017 The Supreme Court of the United States stated that the travel ban “may not be enforced” against individuals with bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States. The Court provided the following examples of bona fide relationships:

  • a foreign national who wishes to enter the country to visit or live with a family member
  • a student who has been admitted to a U.S. higher education institution
  • a worker who has accepted an offer of employment from an American employer
  • a lecturer who has been invited to address an American audience

This should mean that visa processing for admitted students, employed scholars and faculty should not change.  The Court specifically listed students and employees as examples of “qualifying relationships.” 

The University of Maryland continues to assess the impacts of this ruling and stands ready to provide resources and assistance for students and faculty who may be impacted. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. 

It is in the national interest of the United States that we continue to welcome talented individuals of all nations to study, teach, and do research here and retain America's global leadership in higher education.

For Citizens or Nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

The Supreme Court opinion indicates that the main impact will be to foreign nationals and refugees from the above listed six countries applying for entry to the U.S. who do not have a "bona fide relationship with a U.S person or entity."   The Supreme Court qualifies relationships as “a close familial relationship" as well as students and employees.

While the University will continue to wait for additional information regarding implementation of new travel rules, it continues to advise individuals to minimize non-essential travel due to the rapidly shifting immigration policy. 


Documents to Carry with Your Passport on Entry to the U.S.


Newly Admitted Students

  • F-1 Students
    • Admission letter from the University of Maryland or the Maryland English Institute
    • I-20 Form
    • SEVIS Fee Receipt 
    • Passport with valid F-1 visa stamp
  • J-1 Students
    • Admission letter from the University of Maryland or the Maryland English Institute
    • DS-2019 form
    • SEVIS Fee Receipt 
    • Passport with J-1 Visa stamp

Continuing Students Returning to their Studies

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid I-20 or DS-2019 with valid travel signature
  • Valid F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Proof of enrollment (Use Testudo to access Enrollment Certification Request)
  • More specific instructions are available here

New Scholars or Employees

  • Offer of employment letter or contract 
  • Immigration documents
  • Valid Passport with valid visa stamp (Canadian passport holders are exempt from the visa requirement)