ISSO advises international students, scholars to remain in the U.S.



Danielle Gehr

The Iowa State International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) advised students over the weekend to remain in the United States unless “absolutely necessary.”

Interim Director Deb Vance sent the email to Iowa State community members specifically from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

President Donald Trump, in one of his first actions in office, signed an executive order to stop immigrants and refugees from selected Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

“You are a valued and important member of the Iowa State community and we want to make sure that you get the support you need at this challenging time,” Vance said in the email.

The email also advised that even after this 90-day period to be cautious when deciding to travel outside of the United States. 

If an international student or scholar from one of these countries needs to leave the United States, they are asked to consult with an international student adviser.

The ISSO is anticipating changes to the immigration regulations and policies currently in place. It asked for those affected to read emails from ISSO, so they can stay informed as they monitor new developments.