Travel Ban Update

Updated June 29, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will review the federal administration’s travel ban executive order affecting nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The travel ban had been placed on hold by lower courts.

Until its review can occur this fall, the Supreme Court is allowing some aspects of the travel ban to be implemented, with limitations. The partial implementation of the travel ban begins taking effect at 5 p.m. Pacific time on June 29, 2017. More information from the U.S. State Department is here.

Stanford continues to stand in full support of its international and immigrant communities. Campus resources have been mobilized to contact current and incoming students and scholars with the latest information, provide documentation to assist with their travel, and connect those with questions to attorneys who can provide further assistance.

Information is available on the Travel Guidance page of this website. Stanford students and scholars from the affected countries who have questions or need assistance should contact the Bechtel International Center (, which is providing referrals to free legal consultations as needed.

Support for our international and immigrant communities

If you need support with a question or concern regarding immigration issues, Stanford has resources standing by to help. This website, and the pages linked from the tabs above, provide contact information and links to assistance. Stanford’s support resources and commitments to its international and immigrant communities include:

  • The Bechtel International Center is a first point of contact for all international students and scholars with questions about immigration issues, including issues related to the federal travel ban now being reviewed by the courts. You can get assistance by emailing the center at This website also provides the latest travel guidance from the university.
  • Any Stanford student who seeks help with an issue or concern regarding undocumented status can receive a free consultation from the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic of Stanford Law School.
  • Employees and other members of the campus community with needs or questions about immigration status – for example, regarding the undocumented status of a family member – can receive a free consultation from Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, a frequent community partner with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. This website also provides “know your rights” links that may be helpful.
  • Individual and group counseling sessions are available through CAPS, the Markaz, the Faculty Staff Help Center and others listed on the Getting Support page.
  • Stanford keeps student and personnel records private and will not share such information with immigration agencies unless legally compelled to do so.
  • The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not have responsibility for immigration enforcement. Consistent with the approach of law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County, it does not inquire about immigration status in the normal course of its duties and will not participate with other agencies in immigration enforcement activities unless legally required to do so.