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U.S. Immigration News and Travel Bans

Visit Cornell's Coronavirus Resources and Updates for campus-wide information. Visit COVID-19 Immigrations FAQs for our international community and COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs for current study abroad students.

Cornell supports its entire community of students, faculty, and staff. The university offers many resources to guide and support those with questions and concerns about recent U.S. executive actions and statements relating to immigration and travel bans—and the current and future implications for student, faculty, and staff activities and our international programs.

A Message for Cornell's International Community

As a global institution of higher education, Cornell values the contributions of international students, faculty, and staff. International diversity challenges all members of an academic community to consider and evaluate their assumptions, beliefs, and biases; to broaden their perspectives; to consider new approaches and novel solutions.

There are more than 6,000 gifted, accomplished, and motivated international students and scholars studying, teaching and conducting research at Cornell. They contribute to our success as a leading world university. We rely on the mobility of our international students and scholars across campuses and international borders. Ensuring their safety is of utmost importance.

In response to the initial restrictions placed by U.S. President Trump on foreign nationals’ travel into the United States—and the continuing changes in those regulations—Cornell joins with other American universities to continue to advocate for our international students, faculty, and staff. We want to protect their ability to come to the U.S. and then leave the country to visit their families, attend international symposia or conferences, or engage in overseas field research without encountering undue impediments to their return.

We want all of our international students, faculty, and staff to experience a welcoming, caring campus community.

Cornell provides the following resources and information to assist all members of the university community.

Information Related to Visas and Travel

  • Cornell’s Office of Global Learning/International Services is here to help and support all members of the Cornell community: students, staff, and faculty. The staff can offer visa and immigration advice, and generally answers all questions international students have related to maintaining legal status, studying, or working at Cornell. In difficult cases, staff works directly with lawyers and U.S. Congressional staff on individual case management. To speak with a staff member directly, please call +1-607-255-5243 or email
  • If you are a current student, scholar, or staff member traveling abroad and you are not permitted to return to the U.S. or have urgent immigration questions, please call the Cornell Police at +1-607-255-1111 anytime, day or night; they will immediately notify a staff member in Cornell’s Office of Global Learning/International Services who will assist.
  • Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide—without charge—advice and legal assistance to Cornell students who are denied visas under the U.S. executive orders. For assistance, please contact Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School:, +1 (706)-254-4638, or lyonbeth (Skype).
  • If you are a new or prospective student, scholar, or staff member planning your first visit or move to Ithaca, Cornell’s Office of Global Learning/International Services is happy to answer your questions, help with visa applications, provide advice for immigration interviews, and otherwise guide you through the visa process.
  • Cornell provides faculty, staff, and students traveling on university business 100 miles or more away from their permanent residence or campus with access to travel planning information and the university's emergency travel assistance coverage while abroad. Cornellians can access this assistance with their NetID through Cornell's Travel Registry.

Support at Cornell

University Statements and News

Guidance and Counseling

  • Cornell’s Office of Global Learning/International Services assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email
  • International students and scholars can find more information about maintaining their immigration status from the Office of Global Learning/International Services. Those with questions may contact the office and ask to speak with an immigration advisor.
  • Cornell's Office of Graduate Student Life serves the Cornell community in many capacities: discussing student concerns, providing available resources and services, and sharing options to handle difficult academic and personal situations. Contact Janna Lamey ( to help identify appropriate resources.
  • The staff in Cornell's Dean of Students office is available for support, advice, guidance, and consultation navigating various circumstances. Contact or +1-607-255-1115 to be connected with a resource.
  • Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives offers general advising on personal and academic support, as well as planning for future academic and professional aims and referrals specifically for undocumented students as part of the trailblazers program.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS (including the Let’s Talk Program), a part of Cornell Health, is a confidential place to talk with a trained health-care professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, managing an existing mental health condition, or other issues. Please call CAPS at +1-607-255-5155 to speak with a staff member directly.
  • Cornell's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. This confidential resource is part of Cornell's broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

Legal Assistance

  • Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide—without charge—legal assistance to Cornell students who are denied visas under the executive order. Specifically, Cornell Law School faculty will consult with those students about their legal options, represent them if they need to seek waivers from the order's restrictions, and make themselves available telephonically during student arrivals at U.S. ports of entry. For assistance, contact Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School: email, call +1-607-254-4638, or Skype: lyonbeth.
  • In addition, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. They publish law online and create materials that help people understand the law.

Housing in Ithaca

  • International students may be concerned that the uncertainty around federal immigration policy might impact their ability to travel abroad to return home during university breaks. For more information about on-campus housing options in these circumstances, please send an email in confidence to
  • Cornell’s Office of Global Learning/International Services provides general information on its website.

Support from Off-Campus

General Information about the Executive Actions

For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs: