Chad, North Korea and Venezuela added to U.S. travel ban

November 27, 2017 update:
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued guidance on the implementation of the Trump Administration’s third travel ban. In September, travel restrictions were announced that two lower courts attempted to block in October. The Trump Administration appealed, and the appeals are due to be held in the coming weeks. Full details can be found here.
 

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The U.S. President has issued a Proclamation imposing new restrictions on immigrant and non-immigrant entry for certain nationals for an indefinite period. Those affected include nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen (who were affected by the previous travel ban) as well as three additional non-Muslim majority countries: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. In addition, travel restrictions have been removed from Sudanese nationals. Refugees are not affected by the latest travel restrictions.

Three new countries have been added to the United States travel ban.

When do the new travel restrictions take effect?

For nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who are unable to provide “a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the Unites States,” the new travel restrictions take effect immediately.

For nationals of those five countries who do have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, as well as for nationals of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, the new restrictions take effect on October 18, 2017.

Chad

Non-Immigrant Visas: No B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Iran

Non-Immigrant Visas: No non-immigrant visas except F, M and J student visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Libya

Non-Immigrant Visas: No B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

North Korea

Non-Immigrant Visas: No non-immigrant visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Somalia

Non-Immigrant Visas: Heightened scrutiny on applications

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Syria

Non-immigrant Visas: No non-immigrant visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Venezuela

Non-immigrant Visas: No B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas of any kind for certain Venezuelan officials and their immediate family members.

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No restrictions

Yemen

Non-Immigrant Visas: No B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas

Immigrant and Diversity Visas: No immigrant or diversity visas

Exceptions

The new order does not apply to:

  • Nationals of the applicable countries who are already in the U.S..
  • Valid visa holders.
  • Lawful permanent residents.
  • Dual nationals traveling under the passport of the non-designated country.

 

Key Considerations

Nationals of the affected countries who intend to apply for U.S. visas or travel to the U.S. should review the restrictions in place and consult with an immigration provider.

Disclaimer/ Contact

For further information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Immigration Operations Director or Jennifer Baillie-Stewart, Global Immigration Practice Leader.

Source: This update was prepared using information from the U.S. Department of State. Further information can be found at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.  

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Immigration Operations Director or Jennifer Baillie-Stewart, Global Immigration Practice Leader.