Immigration and Travel Concerns


This message is being sent to the entire GC Community but please note that this is specifically directed to our students and to those with questions about the travel ban.

Joy Connolly
Provost and Professor of Classics

Dear Graduate Center Students:
Welcome back for the spring 2017 semester.
I write to remind you of the availability of the Office of International Students as well as my office to address any particular issues, questions, or concerns regarding the recent executive order that bans entry, including reentry, into the United States for 90 days for citizens and nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on both immigrant (permanent residents) and non-immigrant visas. The executive order also contemplates that additional countries could be added to the banned list. 
Accordingly, until more information becomes available, and given the possibility of a change in government policy that could go into effect without advance notice, all foreign nationals should carefully assess whether it is worth the risk to travel outside the country at this time. The NAFSA*, Association of International Educators, has issued a travel advisory for those affected by the executive order that may be of assistance.
The legal implications of the executive order are continuing to unfold. Our offices will continue to monitor developments and identify appropriate ways to assist affected students. Students in the United States with questions about their immigration status and/or travel abroad should write to Citizenship Now! at  
If you are detained trying to enter the United States, or you are abroad and need guidance, please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney Isabel Bucaram, Esq. by text, phone call or WhatsApp at 646-860-5678. CUNY Citizenship Now! also plans to host a Facebook Live Session to provide further information and answer your questions regarding the executive order. CUNY students may also refer to CUNY CLEAR for additional information and resources.
Resources that apply to all CUNY students who participate in study abroad or independent academic travel may be found at and
Our offices continue to be committed to welcoming international students into the Graduate Center community and to otherwise support inclusion and diversity. The executive order has left many people feeling vulnerable and distressed. For those who need a safe space to talk, the Graduate Center’s Student Counseling Service at the Wellness Center is available to you. The Wellness Center is located in Room 6422 and can be contacted at 212-817-7020.  You can also find information and request services on the Center’s page. 
As always, if you need any clarification regarding the F-1 or J-1 regulations or if you require additional support, students may make appointments to meet directly with the Director of the Office of International Students, Linda Asaro (212-817-7491/ or with me.  
*NAFSA, retained for historical purposes, is the old original acronym for the organization

Matthew Schoengood
Vice President for Student Affairs
CUNY-Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016
(P) 212-817-7400

Submitted on: JAN 31, 2017

Category: General GC News | International Students | Student News