Immigration FAQs

Immigration Enforcement
Information for Employees
Information for Visiting Scholars
Campus Resources

On November 16, 2016, the UO issued this statement to campus on these issues:

As is currently our practice, we will treat all students equally in keeping with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity. This also means

  • the University of Oregon will not facilitate immigration enforcement on our campus without a warrant or a clear demonstration of exigent circumstances such as the imminent risk to the health or safety of others
  • the University of Oregon Police Department will not act on behalf of federal officials in enforcing immigration laws
  • the University of Oregon will not share with the federal government any information on the immigration status of students unless required by court order

Immigration Enforcement

If you are contacted by law enforcement, you may want to contact an immigration attorney about your specific situation and concerns. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides information on how to select an immigration attorney and a list of immigration attorneys.

You have the right to remain silent and to speak to an attorney before you answer any questions by an immigration official. Visit the American Immigration Council for more information about your rights.

The Immigration Legal Resource Center, an independent immigration rights nonprofit organization, has available on its website legal rights red cards, which anyone can print out and give to an immigration enforcement official to succinctly assert one’s rights in written form.

Information for Employees

Q: I am an employee that was born in one of the seven targeted countries. What impact does the executive order have on me?

A: If you have already entered the US, the travel ban does not affect your ability to remain in the US and work at the UO; however, if you were to leave the US, you may have difficulty reentering. Before traveling outside the US, you should consult with international human resources to get an update on the status of reentry issues: Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

Q: What resources will the UO provide if I am unable to travel due to the recent immigration changes?

A: The UO administration will look into what resources can be provided on a case-by case-basis. UO employees whose travel is affected by the recent executive order are encouraged to contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

Q: I am an employee that is not from one of the seven targeted countries. Will the executive order affect my ability to travel?

A: If you are not from one of the seven targeted countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen), the 90-day ban on entry into the US does not affect you. However, the executive order did ask the Department of State to review the type and duration of visas that the US issues to citizens of each country. If the US limits the type of visas that it issues, the affected countries will likely reciprocate by limiting the type of visas that it will issue to US citizens traveling to that country.

Q: Where do I go with questions about international employee concerns and support?

A: International employees can contact Jennifer Doreen, international employment specialist, at jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

Information for Visiting Scholars

Q: I am a visiting scholar expecting to come to the University of Oregon. How will the recent executive actions affect my ability to come to Oregon?     

A: We recommend postponing any visits from scholars from the seven targeted countries during the period of the current 90-day ban, through April 27, 2017. Visiting scholars from other countries are encouraged to proceed as planned. Because immigration rules may continue to change, we suggest you consult closely with Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.

Q: Where do I go with questions about international visiting scholars?

A: Visiting scholars can contact Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.

Resources on Campus

Visiting scholars:  Kate Comiskey, international scholar advisor, comiskk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5573.

International employees: international employment specialist Jennifer Doreen, jdoreen@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2638.

General questions about international policies and programs at the UO: Vice Provost Dennis Galvan in the Office of International Affairs, dgalvan@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5851.