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Six more countries on “banned” list

The Trump administration announced that the number of banned countries will be expanded with six more. The rule takes effect on February 22.

Citizens from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nigeria, will be banned from obtaining immigrant visas, known as Green Cards.

Issuance of immigrant visas to DV Lottery selectees from Sudan and Tanzania will also be suspended.

Students, temporary immigrants and visitors from the six countries will not be affected. Nor will refugee processing. Also not impacted will be nationals of the six countries already in the U.S. as well as those who have a valid visa to come to the U.S.

 

 

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New Travel Ban announced, 4 countries added, 2 removed

The Trump administration today announced new list of countries restricted under the travel ban. This is the third version of the controversial executive order. It will go into effect on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela are added to the list of banned countries.
No longer on the list is Sudan. EDIT: Chad was removed in 2018.
The remaining banned countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia.

The imposed restrictions differ per country:
– North Korea, Syria: no entry for immigrants and non-immigrants.
– Yemen, Libya: no entry for immigrants as well as for non-immigrants traveling on business and tourist visas.
– Somalia: no entry for immigrants. Non-immigrants will face enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
– Iran: no entry for immigrants and for non-immigrants. Holders of valid student and exchange visitor visas are for now excepted from the ban.
– Venezuela: no entry for certain government officials and their immediate family members on some business and tourist visas.

Currently immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan are banned unless they can prove a bona fide relationship with a person or with an entity. Individuals eligible for this exception can apply for a visa until October 18.

The new executive order is not limited time-wise, but “indefinite” and “condition based”.

The order gives Consular Officers the discretion to waive restriction on a case-by-case basis.

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Revised Travel Ban now in place

A revised version of Prez Trump’s travel ban goes into effect today. The restrictions will affect visitors from Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. 
The travel ban is for 90 days. Unless it is renewed, the ban expires on September 27, 2017.

Reinstatement of the ban is the result of a recent decision by the US Supreme Court. The Court announced it will hear arguments for and against the travel restrictions in October. 

Nationals from the six countries “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US” can be excepted from the rule. Examples of people with “bona fide” ties are: immediate relatives or close family members of a US citizen or Permanent Resident, students accepted at a US college or university, foreign workers hired by a US employer.

Which others can also qualify is unclear. The Court’s opinion leaves room for more exceptions  on a case-by-case basis.

A temporary ban against nearly all refugees, regardless of origin, was also put in place today. This ban is for 120 days and will expire on October 27, 2017, unless it is renewed. Exceptions are possible for people with “bona fide” ties (see before).

Exempt from the bans are: Green Card holders, people in the US on a Non-Immigrant Visa, dual nationals, people granted asylum, refugees already admitted or cleared for travel to the US.

For DV-Lottery winners: the State Department announced that visas already approved will not be revoked. Previously scheduled Visa Interview appointments will not be cancelled.

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