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Travel ban to take effect during continuing court challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 4, allowed the third version of the federal administration’s travel ban to take effect while legal challenges to it continue to be heard by the courts.

The Bechtel International Center stands ready to assist students and scholars who have questions or need assistance — to get in touch with the center, email The center continues to offer referrals to free legal consultations as needed to address each individual’s specific circumstances.

The travel ban affects, in different ways, individuals from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela (certain government officials and their family members) and Yemen. Lawful permanent residents of the United States are not subject to it. The Supreme Court said it expected lower-court review of the legal challenges to the travel ban to occur quickly.

Stanford continues to welcome students and scholars from the around the world, believing that the exchange of people and ideas across borders is fundamental to the discovery and transmission of knowledge. The university joined court briefs challenging previous versions of the travel ban.