Trump’s latest Executive Order now suspends the issuance of visas, the Visa Interview Waiver program, and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. We know that many of you have questions on the effect this may have on you and your friends or family. Feel free to contact us to seek legal counsel.
Top 10 Take-Away Points
1) U.S. Citizens! You are not affected by this Exec. Order.
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa Holders
2) Travel Alert! For non-immigrants (eg, students, visitors, etc.) and permanent residents from the following countries, seek legal counsel prior to international travel: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. If you are currently in the US. and you have legal status, you may be able to change or extend your status.
3) Greater Scrutiny Alert! Permanent Residents who are nationals of, or travel to, the above listed countries may be subject to extra questioning and more screening upon seeking readmission to the U.S.
4) Valid Visa Holders Outside the U.S. – Take Note! We are receiving reports that some non-immigrants holding valid visas and who are trying to return to the U.S have either had their visas revoked or found problems seeking readmission. It is best to have the advice of counsel to know how to navigate this situation.
5) Barred Entry! There is now no immigrant and non-immigrant entry into the U.S. for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days (three months).
6) Foreign Government Compliance Alert! Foreign governments are now required to provide information on foreign nationals within 60 days of notification. If the foreign government does not comply, the President will prohibit entry of foreign nationals from that country through a Presidential Proclamation. Exceptions to this include certain diplomatic visas. More countries may be added to the proclamation at any time by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of DHS.
Visa Interview Waiver Program
7) Suspended! The Visa Interview Waiver Program is now suspended. All people applying for a non-immigrant visa must expect to attend an in-person interview.
U.S. Refugee Admission Program
8) Suspended! The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is now suspended for 120 days (four months). After this period, USRAP will start again, but only for nationals of countries for whom the (a) Secretary of State, (b) Secretary of DHS, and (c) Director of National Intelligence together agree that adequate protections are established to ensure the security and welfare of the U.S.
9) Suspended Indefinitely! Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war of their homeland may no longer seek refuge in the U.S.
10) Lowered Ceiling! For Fiscal Year 2017, a maximum of only 50,000 refugees from around the world may be admitted to the U.S.
The above is provided for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice