Immigration Policy under the New Administration: Resources for Graduate Students & Postdocs

At Stony Brook University, we know that a diversity of people and ideas is essential to our mission as an institution of higher learning. Our strength is in our diversity, and we are proud to be a part of an international community of scholars.

President Donald Trump’s March 6 executive order, which goes into effect March 16, places a moratorium on issuing any visas to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, or to those who were born in one of these countries, for 90 days. The order and its implementation are causing anxiety, confusion, and fear for many of our scholars. University administration is working through the new rules governing visas and entry to the United States. As additional information is available, updates are being posted to the Visa and Immigration Services Office (VISO) website. President Stanley’s message to the community regarding the initial January 27 executive order is available here as well.

In consonance with President Stanley's statements, I reiterate the profound commitment of the Graduate School to the protection of the rights and opportunities available to all our faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. We are determined to pursue the recruitment and support of the best academic talent from around the nation and the world. Please check our website regularly for updated information and guidance.

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Charles Taber
Professor of Political Science
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
Dean of the Graduate School
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University

Please note that the information listed here does not constitute legal advice.  

Stony Brook Resources

Visa & Immigration Services (VIS)
In light of the Executive Order on refugee status and immigration, and subsequent court decisions, numerous concerns and questions remain. In this rapidly evolving environment, reliable information is critical. With this in mind, Stony Brook University has published this dedicated web page to provide informational updates, guidance, and resources on immigration policy under the new White House administration.

Additionally the Graduate School can also offer the following accommodations to our international students affected by the executive order:   

(1) Provide an extension or first time leave of absence and/or a deferral for newly admitted students.

(2) Waive the readmission fee for students with citizenship from one of the countries listed in the order who did not file the leave of absence paperwork.

(3) Extend the time limit to degree for affected students.

If applicable, please speak with your program about opportunities to enroll in international dissertation/thesis research, independent studies, or study abroad programs. There may also be other international Stony Brook University-affiliated campuses you may enroll at and attend or international institutions you can attend and transfer the credits to Stony Brook for degree completion.

(4) Allow impacted students to defend their dissertation remotely via Skype.

(5) Refund the application fee for any student that is not able to obtain a visa to attend, due to the EO.

For information on any of the above accommodations, please contact the Records and Admissions area within the Graduate School at

Non-Stony Brook Resources

American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections. The website has a wealth of resources, including a Know-Your-Rights section focused on immigration.

American Immigration Lawyer Association
The website includes new laws and regulations, as well as discussion for pending draft provisions, which may change.

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

The CLEAR Project provides free legal services, know-your-rights trainings and support for community organizing on a broad range of issues that arise in connection to “national security” and “counterterrorism” policies and practices.

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders. The website has Know-Your-Rights documents available in a number of languages, including Arabic, English, and Farsi.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
The NAFSA website has a number of resources regarding the executive orders and immigration, including details about the chronological sequence of the orders.

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The website has a variety of resources, including a list of service providers, many local to Long Island.