UB cautiously optimistic on travel ban

Jul 3, 2017

The University at Buffalo is keeping a close watch on the 90-day travel ban imposed for six Muslim countries.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned UB did issue an advisory to current students who might be traveling this summer.

"Just to take appropriate precautions in terms of carrying the right kinds of documentation that will document their having this relationship with UB that justifies their being here," said John Wood, Senior Associate Vice Provost for International Education at UB. 

Inside UB's international student center on the north campus, Amherst, N.Y.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Last week the Supreme Court ruled parts of President Donald Trumps travel ban would be imposed. But students with relationships at accepted universities in the United States should be able to travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, Wood tells WBFO News they are monitoring the situation.

"We're cautiously optimistic because we look at the Supreme Court decision -- we see that it explicitly identifies international students from these effected countries as having a bona fide relationship with an American entity that thus makes them qualified for a Visa and that allows entry into the United States, so that's encouraging," explained Wood. 

Wood noted new students enrolled this fall at UB are coming from only two of the six countries listed on the travel ban.  20-new students registered from Iran and just three from Syria.  The 90-travel ban will still be in place as UB begins its first day of classes August 28th.     

The court is slated to hear oral arguments in October.