Recent Updates

Federal Travel Ban update

June 29, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will review the federal travel ban executive order affecting nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Until its review this fall, the Court allowed some aspects of the travel ban to be implemented. Stanford continues to stand in full support of its international and immigrant communities.

Letter to Congress from 57 university presidents on DACA

September 7, 2017
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne joined other leaders of AAU (Association of American Universities) institutions in a letter urging Congress to act on DACA.

Stanford statement on federal DACA decision

September 5, 2017
Stanford issued this statement following the federal administration's Sept. 5, 2017, announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

President’s letter to White House on DACA

August 31, 2017
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne sent a letter to the White House, encouraging continued support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Higher education associations write in support of DACA

August 28, 2017
In a letter to the president, national higher education associations including those representing Stanford express support for DACA.

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Support for our international and immigrant communities

If you need support with immigration issues, Stanford has resources standing by to help. Stanford’s support resources and commitments to its international and immigrant communities include:
  • The latest travel guidance from the university.
  • The Bechtel International Center, a first point of contact for all international students and scholars with questions about immigration issues, including issues related to the federal travel ban. Contact the center at
  • Free consultation with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic of Stanford Law School for any Stanford student seeking help regarding undocumented status.
  • Free consultation with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, a frequent community partner with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, for employees and other members of the campus community seeking help regarding immigration status – for example, regarding the undocumented status of a family member. This website also provides “know your rights” links that may be helpful.
  • Individual and group counseling sessions at campus organizations listed on the Getting Support page.

Important facts to know:

  • Stanford keeps student and personnel records private and will not share such information with immigration agencies unless legally compelled to do so.
  • The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not have responsibility for immigration enforcement. Consistent with the approach of law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County, it does not inquire about immigration status in the normal course of its duties and will not participate with other agencies in immigration enforcement activities unless legally required to do so.
  • A campus working group on immigration issues continues meeting to respond to the emerging needs of the campus community. This website has further details about support resources available across the campus.