Today, Donna Kimmel, senior vice president and Chief People Officer, and Tony Gomes, senior vice president and General Counsel, sent an email to all Citrix employees regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
I’d like to share that message with you.
As an immigrant myself, I have experienced firsthand the exceptional opportunity that the United States can offer to people from all parts of the world. And like me, many of our employees and their families came to the U.S. for that opportunity. Talented people of all nationalities, religions and ethnicities should be able to come to this country for the chance to fully realize their potential.
Our first priority at Citrix at this time is our employees, to ensure they understand the order and to assist as needed. Travel is important in the technology industry, but our employees always come first. It is my firm hope that the current administration will revise the executive order and reverse the hardship it is causing to employees, their families, our customers and potentially our business.
While national security is and should be a major focus for our government, I believe that this executive order is not exactly the correct way to achieve that goal.
I came to this country with hope and optimism for a better future. And it is our responsibility to give others that same chance. Citrix will continue to advocate for our employees and for an inclusive immigration system. We are all in this together.
From: Donna Kimmel
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 6:51 AM
To: #CITRIX – EMPLOYEES
Subject: Important Information regarding Executive Order from President Trump
As you have been hearing in the news, Friday evening, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricts entry into the United States of non-U.S. citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days (through April 27). The order took effect immediately.
This is a disruption to current U.S. immigration policies, and some Citrix employees may be unexpectedly impacted. As always, our priority is to you, our employees, to ensure that you understand the impact of the order. We’re here for you. We always put our people first because it’s the right thing to do, and we will support our impacted employees and their families.
If you or an immediate family member are a national of any of the seven countries, and not a U.S. citizen, if you have concerns about travel plans/job responsibilities because of the executive order, or if you are unsure whether the executive order applies to you or your family, please reach out to our Global Mobility team at Immigration Services, your HR Business Partner or either one of us so that we can work with you immediately. We will provide company paid legal advice and assistance to any Citrix employee or immediate family member impacted by the executive order.
Nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will not be asked travel outside the U.S. or to the U.S. on Citrix business during the 90-day ban, and those employees should consider avoiding such travel altogether. Your manager will support your need to stay where you are. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the executive order will remain limited to the seven countries or that the timeline won’t be extended. So, we’ll continue to monitor developments and to work with impacted employees and their families as we learn more.
Speaking more generally, please know that as a company Citrix believes in an inclusive U.S. immigration system that balances national security with access to the very best talent without discriminating on the basis of nationality or religion. We hope the administration will revise the executive order and reverse the hardship it is causing to employees, their families, our customers and potentially our business.
We’ve put together further recommendations below.
Donna Kimmel and Tony Gomes
What We Know Now: The restrictions apply to nationals of the seven countries (that is, if you were born in, or are a citizen of, one of the seven countries, including those who also have dual citizenship in another country). It does not apply to U.S. citizens. But there is uncertainty around how the executive order is being applied and who is impacted. For example, on Saturday, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman confirmed that U.S. lawful permanent residents originally from these seven countries are subject to the ban. Yet on Sunday, the president’s Chief of Staff contradicted this statement.
Take Precautions: Citrix employees who may be affected by the executive order must be aware of the following important considerations:
- Those in the U.S. on a visa or applying for lawful permanent resident status in the U.S. should consider avoiding international travel for the duration of the ban.
- Those who depart the U.S. should be prepared to be denied reentry while the ban is in effect.
- Those affected individuals who are lawful permanent residents of the U.S. should consider deferring international travel until the applicability of the executive order is clarified. If you are planning to travel for business, please adjust your plans. Don’t risk it. We build the world’s best integrated technology services for secure delivery of apps and data ⎯anytime, anywhere. You will be able to contribute to your team remotely. The safety and security of our people goes above all else.
- Those planning future trips to the U.S. should be prepared for the possibility of an extension of the travel ban beyond April 27, 2017, resulting in delay in their travel.
- We are aware that those affected by the ban, as well as lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens who have traveled to one of the seven countries, are being questioned upon return to the U.S. In some cases, this includes Customs and Border Protection officers looking at information on people’s mobile devices and computers, as well as social media posts. This may delay your re-entry into the U.S.
In addition to the entry ban, the executive order suspends a visa interview waiver program that was in place at U.S. consulates worldwide. The waiver exempted some visa renewal applicants from an in-person consular interview. The suspension of the interview waiver applies to all U.S. visa applicants regardless of nationality or citizenship, and means that wait times for visa interviews are likely to increase significantly.
The order also calls for the development of potentially expansive changes to screening processes that would apply to all immigration programs. Currently, details are not available. Again, we will keep those who may be impacted informed of further developments.
In addition, due to a federal government hiring freeze, visa applicants, as well as those submitting immigration petitions and applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of Labor, should expect processing slowdowns.
Finally, given the uncertainty around current immigration policy, all employees should carry appropriate original documentation evidencing their lawful status when traveling, including in the U.S.
For any additional questions or if you need support, please contact our Global Mobility team at Immigration Services, your local HR Business Partner, Donna Kimmel or Tony Gomes.