To our Ball State faculty, staff, and students,
As you might know, there have been recent developments regarding immigration. As we work together to understand these events, we are aware of the concern this might cause our Ball State community.
It is important to restate that we are committed to our inclusive environment and remain very supportive of all of our students, especially international students and faculty who might feel particularly vulnerable at this time. We will continue to closely follow developments and provide appropriate support and assistance.
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially lifted preliminary injunctions that barred the Department from enforcing section 2 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, which suspends the entry to the United States of, and the issuance of visas to, nationals of six designated countries, as well as section 6, which relates to the Refugee Admissions Program. The Supreme Court also announced that it would hear the travel ban case in its next session, which starts in October 2017.
The Supreme Court’s partial lifting of the preliminary injunctions allows the E.O.’s suspension to be enforced only against foreign nationals who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” As written, the travel ban does not affect international students who have been admitted to a U.S. college or university and have a valid F-1 or J-1 student visa.
BSU students who are nationals of any country outside of the U.S. who have questions about international travel should meet with an international Student Advisor at International Student Services in the Rinker Center for International Programs. Please contact the Rinker Center for International Programs at 765-285-5422 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org