Tuesday, March 7, 2017

President Trump Signs NEW Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Restrictions on Foreign Nationals from Six Designated Countries

On Tuesday, March 6, 2017, President Trump reissued the Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” with an effective date of March 16, 2017.  On March 16, 2017, the original Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017 will be revoked with this new Executive Order ("EO").  

Beginning on March 16, 2017, the new EO will block citizens of six (6) designated countries (SyriaIranLibyaSomaliaSudan, and Yemen) from obtaining both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for a period of at least 90 days.  

The new EO does apply to foreign nationals of the six designated countries who are outside the U.S. and do not have a valid visa or travel/admission document as of 5 pm EST on January 1, 2017.  

The new EO does not apply to LPRs (legal permanent residents or “green card” holders), holders of valid visas, holders of valid travel/admission documents, dual nationals of designated countries traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country, as well as other defined categories of exempted foreign national travelers. Notably, Iraq has been removed from the list of designated countries, however, Iraqi nationals can expect to be subjected to additional scrutiny and screening procedures when entering the U.S. from abroad.  Note also that the new EO also allows case-by-case waivers in certain situations and exempts certain categories of individuals originally impacted by the first ban.   

Additional measures imposed by the EO include: suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) for a period of 120 days (subject to certain case-by-case exceptions), suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program at U.S. Embassies and Consular Posts abroad, heightened vetting and screening procedures, as well as expedited completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), amongst others.  

For additional information and details, please refer to the U.S. DHS website directly for a Fact Sheet published on March 6, 2017.  

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