Status of US immigration ban:
On Monday, March 6, 2017, the White House released another executive order affecting immigration to the United States from citizens of six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This executive order includes a provision for waiver, which allows US consular officers to issue visas on a case-by-case basis under the following conditions: 1) denying entry would cause undue hardship, 2) entry would not pose a threat to national security and would be in the national interest. The order further specifies that such a waiver could be appropriate when the foreign national seeks to enter the United States for significant professional obligations and the denial of entry during the suspension period would impair those obligations. It is our interpretation that this waiver condition (Sec 3.c.iii) pertains for travel to ISCAS 2017.
This executive order will go into effect on March 16, 2017. We urge all ISCAS delegates to initiate their visa application process as soon as possible. For delegates affected by this executive order, we urge you to proceed in applying for a visa. We suggest that you provide documentation of anticipated hardship and absence of threat to US national security. ISCAS 2017 will provide an additional support letter for your application to document the benefit / impairment to US national interests from the issuance / denial of the visa. Please inform us (email@example.com) as soon as possible of any adverse actions in your visa application process.
For updated information from the US State Dept on the executive order and it implementation please see here.
Dear ISCAS 2017 Authors:
We value highly the technical contributions of our diverse community, and we sincerely appreciate your contributions to the ISCAS 2017 technical program. Final decisions have not yet been made on your submissions, and we will contact you within about two weeks with this information. Author notification was shifted later this year in an effort to shorten the time between paper submission and the conference. At this time we are attempting to identify all authors that might be affected by the executive order on immigration in the US, which restricts travel to the US for citizens of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.
We have already reached out to those authors who indicated an affiliation with one of the affected countries at the time of paper submission. However, some authors with citizenship in these countries might be currently residing in other countries. If you are an ISCAS author and a citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, or Yemen, please contact Chris Dyer at Conference Catalysts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We personally condemn this executive order and consider it to be racist, xenophobic, and antithetical to the core values of the United States as articulated in the U.S. Constitution. The stay issued on Friday evening by Federal District Court Judge Donnelly indicates that at least part of this executive order is likely unconstitutional. As general co-chairs for ISCAS 2017, we further find the executive order to be antithetical to the IEEE Code of Ethics and detrimental to technological progress and the free exchange of ideas which is the main benefit of attending a technical conference.
We want to reassure you that decisions on the acceptance of manuscripts to ISCAS 2017 will be made solely on the basis of technical merit, and we will do everything we can to make it possible for affected individuals to participate fully in the meeting, including electronic means of presentation and discussion if necessary. We are monitoring the situation very closely, and we are in contact with IEEE headquarters to seek their help in this matter. We will keep you notified of any developments.
We are truly grateful for your perseverance and patience in this trying time. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us or Chris Dyer (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
Pamela Abshire and Ralph Etienne-Cummings
General Co-Chairs, ISCAS 2017