On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation, titled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats, which essentially "repeals and replaces" his original travel ban.
The new policy establishes a new travel ban with visa restrictions on Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Restrictions vary between countries; the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has provided information and a chart on the various levels of travel restrictions for nationals of the eight countries.
What happens next?
s a result, the Supreme Court has taken the two travel ban cases, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii, off its oral argument calendar.
Which countries are affected?
While the initial executive orders had applied only to majority-Muslim countries, the new order also includes North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, bringing the number of countries under the ban to eight. The other six are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.
What are the country-specific restrictions?
Nationals of the eight countries are subject to various travel restrictions per the following table as outlined by President Trump:
A note for Iraqi citizens
Nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States may be subject to additional security to determine if they pose risks to national or public security. The administration has found that Iraq does not meet the baseline criteria, but has exempted the country from the travel ban because of the close cooperative relationship between the two countries, the strong United States diplomatic presence in Iraq, the significant presence of United States forces in Iraq, and Iraq’s commitment to combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Where can I get additional information?
Follow these links to the White House Fact Sheet and FAQ on this topic, as well as the DOS alert page. If you are affected by this development and would like more information, please contact us. We are here to help. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Tumblr for up-to-date immigration news.
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