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February 1, 2017

Dania Brandford-Calvo/Letter to the International Community

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing restrictions on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, which has generated uncertainty and escalating anxiety among many.  Although the situation remains in flux, the Office of International Students & Scholars/OISS would like to offer the following resources and best practices (recommendations) during these challenging times:

  • The OISS Team is available to meet those impacted both directly and indirectly by this order.
    • E-mail, call the office (401) 874-2395 or walk-in to share your concerns with the staff.
    • The Office is opened 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • Do not hesitate to reach out!
  • We encourage all citizens, nationals, dual nationals, etc. in particular, those from the impacted countries to:
    • Examine their immigration documents (passport, I-20 and/or DS-2019 forms).  If you need updates or your I-20 or DS-2019 documents reach out to the OISS to request a replacement.
  • If you are from one of the impacted countries, carefully consider the 90 day entry restriction before attempting to travel internationally. The 90 day restriction will be applied by U.S. Port of Entry officers (Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement/ICE).
  • All students, scholars, professors, interns and your respective dependents, when traveling internationally, carry your I-20 and/or DS-2019 documents as well as the following additional documents:
    • Latest official academic transcripts
    • For those on OPT or beneficiaries of a URI Assistantship carry your Employment Letter
  • All students, scholars, professors, interns and your respective dependents, obtain a travel signature(s) before traveling internationally.
  • All students, scholars, professors, interns and your respective dependents when travelling domestically (within the United States) carry copies (not originals) of your passport/visa and I-20/DS-2019 documents. Normally, this is not necessary.  It would represent a best practice, presently.

The University of Rhode Island and the Office of International Students & Scholars are committed to supporting all members of our community and we embrace the global nature of our student body.  I hope you had an opportunity to read the letter prepared by President David M. Dooley (read excerpt below).

Excerpt from President Dooley’s letter to the University Community, January 30, 2017

“In 2017 the University of Rhode Island is much larger, much better, more influential, more diverse, and more successful than anyone may have envisioned in 1892, when URI was founded. It is a university truly worth celebrating, not for its facilities, or its traditions, but for its people. It is the diverse students, staff, and the faculty that have made, and will continue to make, the University of Rhode Island a truly special place that is a force for good in America and the world, no matter how uncertain or challenging our circumstances may be at any given moment.”

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