Information and Support for International Students Impacted by the Executive Order Restricting Entry to the United States

William Paterson University supports all students attending the University and is committed to helping students achieve success from admission until graduation. We understand that there are specific challenges facing international students who choose to pursue their education in the United States. 

Cultural and ethnic diversity are part of the identity and values of William Paterson University. Like similar public institutions around the country, we value the contributions that all of our students, faculty and staff make to our academic community.

William Paterson University is a “William Paterson Safe” campus that provides a safe place for all students, faculty and staff regardless of immigration status. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the University protects personal information of all members of our community.

The recent Executive Order by President Trump impacting students from specific countries may create special concerns. This website is designed to provide resources and information for these students.

The March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration

President Donald J. Trump issued a revised Executive Order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" on March 6, 2017. The order was to take effect at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on March 16, 2017.  Court orders from two U.S. District Courts (Maryland and Hawaii) temporarily prevent the government from enforcing the Section 2(c) 90-day entry bar of Executive Order 13780. The Hawaii Court's preliminary injunction prevents enforcement of all of Section 2 of the executive order, which includes a block on the prospective "indefinite" entry bar of Section 2(e) as well. The government has already appealed both the Maryland and Hawaii orders.

The January 27, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals” on January 27, 2017.

On February 3, 2017, a U.S. District Court judge in the State of Washington issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that stays Sections 3(c) and 5(a), 5(b), 5(c) and 5(e) of the January 27 Executive Order. On February 9, 2017, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the TRO. We will continue to apprise you of further updates.

This Executive Order is revoked as of March 16, 2017.

The January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

President Waldron's Messages to the Campus

NJASCU Statement Signed by President Waldron

Affected Countries in March 6, 2017 Executive Order

Section 3 of the Executive Order suspends entry into the United States of both immigrants and nonimmigrants who are foreign nationals of the designated countries who are outside the United States on the effective date of March 16, 2017, did not have a valid visa at 5:00 p.m., EST, on January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on March 16, 2017 from at least 7 countries, for 90 days. The Executive Order excludes lawful permanent residents, those on diplomatic visas, NATO visas, C-2 visas, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas. For the time being, the affected countries are:

  1. Iran
  2. Libya
  3. Somalia
  4. Sudan
  5. Syria
  6. Yemen

Additional countries could be added to this list. If you are a citizen (even if you hold dual citizenship) of one of the above countries, William Paterson University strongly urges you not to travel outside the United States. If you feel you are in a situation that requires you to travel, please obtain the advice of a licensed, experienced immigration lawyer prior to making travel plans.

Remember: the internet is not the place to seek immigration advice. If you have questions, please refer to the “More Information” section below.

Information and Resources

The following articles and pages should prove helpful in staying abreast of this issue:

Please keep in mind that the information contained on this web page and in the advisories and pages listed above does not constitute legal advice. Please speak to a licensed, experienced immigration attorney if you require legal counsel.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Students who have individual concerns are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Student Development at 973.720.2742 or They may also take advantage of the resources offered through the Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness, including individual counseling and psychiatric services. The Counseling, Health and Wellness Center is located on the first floor of Overlook South and can be reached at 973.720.2257. 

Employees who have individual concerns are encouraged to contact Denise Robinson Lewis, director of the Office of Human Resources at 973.720.2723 or or to contact our CONCERN Employee Assistance Program at 800.242.7371 to speak to a counselor.

Encounters with Government Officials

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Department of Homeland Security (or other government agency), ask for the person's full name, government agency, reporting office, and government telephone number. Then, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars so that they can assist you in identifying the actual government office to which the person claims to belong. Once you have the actual government office’s contact information, you will be able to contact that office to find out whether the inquiry you received is a valid one or a scam. The Department of Homeland Security will never demand immediate payment from you or threaten to deport you if you do not pay a fee, so if someone tries to intimidate you with statements to that effect, it should immediately put you on alert. In addition, please refrain from providing personally identifying information (like your Social Security Number) to someone whose identity you have not been able to verify.

U.S. law provides you with specific rights whenever you are confronted by a federal, state or local law enforcement official. Please review those rights here so that you are prepared for any encounter you may have with a government or law enforcement official.

More Information and Assistance

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the University’s primary points-of-contact for immigration-related matters: 

Visa Consultation:

Cinzia Richardson, Director
Office of International Students and Scholars International Services

Immigration Status:

Gerald R. Brennan, Esq., Student Government Association Attorney
Wednesdays, 2 to 8 p.m., Student Center Room 315