UBCO students and staff affected by US immigration ban

University of BC Okanagan students and staff have been affected by the immigration ban brought down by US President Donald Trump.

UBC Spokesperson Susan Danard says about 90 students and employees at the Okanagan campus have ties to the seven countries targeted by Trump.

UBC Spokesperson Susan Danard says she's heard about several instances where students and faculty have had to make alternate travel plans - but for the most part - the travel ban has a greater impact on family members.

"I haven't heard about anyone who is stranded, but I think in some cases, it's more a matter of family members who are less able to visit. There are also concerns that if you did fly home, how would you get there because most routes to these countries are through the Unites States, and similarily if you are coming back, you could no longer be re-routed through cities like New York," she says.  

Danard says there's been a lot of uncertainty, concern, and questions - and the university is endeavouring to help.  

"We do have access to immigration and legal experts and we can help you get access to that kind of advice and help you determine how this might impact your scholarship or your studies," she says.  

Danard says one person she's talked to about the impact of the 90-day travel ban is a PHD student whose work has international impact - the biomedical engineer was scheduled to make a presentation at a conference in Florida that he can no longer attend.