The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This TRO prevents the government from enforcing sections 2 and 6 of the EO, and is national in scope. Section 2 suspends entry into the U.S., for 90 days, individuals from the six countries of Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Section 6 suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. The result of this TRO is that individuals from these six countries remain eligible to enter the U.S., and, that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is not currently suspended. Similarly, the 9th Circuit denied the rehearing request for en banc review of the Washington State TRO.
It is important to note that Section 5 of the EO, which pertains to increased screening of immigrants through the Visa Interview Waiver Program, remains in place and is not suspended by the TRO. This means that individuals traveling abroad may see delays in their ability to schedule visa appointments or in ultimately receiving visas after attending the required in-person interview.
Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how this EO impacts your immigration case.