New Executive Order Modifies Previous Travel Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order entitled “Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.  This order supersedes the executive order of the same name issued January 27, 2017 that was subject to legal challenge.
The new Executive order is to take effect on March 16, 2017.  Highlights of this new order are:
  • It suspends entry into the United States of citizens of six countries for 90 days from March 16, 2017.  Those countries are:  Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 
  • The US Refugee Admission Program will also be suspended for a period of 120 days. 
Individuals Exempt From This Order
The travel ban does not apply to 1) individuals who are green card holders (lawful permanent residents); 2) those who already have valid visas for entry into the United States; 3) certain individuals already present in the United States, such as lawful students or individuals with temporary worker status; 4) individuals admitted to the United States after March 16, 2017 through a case by case waiver as described in section 3 of the order; and 5)dual nationals of an affected country and a country not subject to the order, will not be affected by the ban as long as they travel on the unaffected passport with appropriate entry documents.
If you have any international travel planned, it is advisable to carry with you a letter from your employer confirming your employment, the purpose of the trip and their expectation for your return to resume your responsibilities. 

2017 Tax Filing

All J scholars and student interns, and their J-2 dependents are required to file at least one tax form with the U.S. government for each tax year they are in the US regardless of whether or not they earned any income. Tax forms for 2016 are due April 18, 2017.

If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you are not eligible to file your tax return electronically. You should only use Glacier Tax Prep software, which will help you determine your tax residency status and file your tax return. ISFS will send you access information to GTP in mid-February.

Access to GTP is only for J-1 scholars and student interns who are non-resident for tax purposes. For scholars who are in H-1B, TN, or O-1 and J-1 visitors who are residents for tax purposes should visit the Internal Revenue Website for more information. Note that the tax definitions of “resident” and “non-resident” are not the same as the immigration definition of these terms.

Know Before You Visit

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website provides some helpful resources for international travelers coming to the U.S. Check out the helpful tips on bringing food to the U.S., traveling with medication, and required documentation. They also have videos on what you need to know about entering the U.S. and how the entry process works.