U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

//U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

A Presidential Proclamation, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” issued late Sunday, September 24, 2017, the White House announced its intent to expand the restriction of entry into the U.S. to eight (8) countries, to take effect October 18th, 2017. The eight (8) countries include: Chad, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

In this proclamation, the White House begins by describing its process to conduct a global review to determine whether individuals seeking to enter the U.S. “pose a security or safety threat.” The White House looked at three criteria: 1) identity information management; 2) national Security and public safety information; and, 3) national security and public safety risk assessment. The White House stated that it found that “a small number of countries — out of nearly 200 evaluated — remain deficient at this time with respect to their identity-management and information-sharing capabilities, protocols, and practices.” As a result, the White House identified eight countries that had “inadequte” ratings and, as a result, the White House is restricting the entry into the U.S. of all immigrants from the following seven countries, at various levels: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. White House officials stated that these new restrictions will be phased in over time and the restrictions will not affect anyone who already holds a U.S. visa.

The U.S. Department of State published a chart that breaks down the various entry restrictions by country:

Non-immigrant Immigrant
Chad No B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 visas No immigrant or diversity visas
Iran  

No nonimmigrant visas except F, M, and

J student visas

 

No immigrant or diversity visas
Libya No B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 visas No immigrant or diversity visas
North Korea  

No nonimmigrant visas

 

No immigrant or diversity visas
Syria  

No nonimmigrant visas

 

No immigrant or diversity visas
Venezuela No B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2 visas of any kind for officials of the following government agencies Ministry of Interior, Justice, and Peace; the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration, and Immigration; the Corps of Scientific Investigations, Judicial and Criminal; the Bolivarian Intelligence Service; and the People’s Power Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and their immediate family members. No restrictions
Yemen No B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 visas No immigrant or diversity visas
Somalia No nonimmigrant visas No immigrant or diversity visas

 

The Presidential Proclamation details two phases:

Phase 1 (starting Sunday, September 24, 2017): Nationals of Sudan no longer face travel restrictions. Nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia will remain under suspension of travel except for those individuals who qualify for the bona fide “close family” exemption.

Phase 2 (starting Wednesday, October 18, 2017): The restrictions listed above apply to nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.  There are exceptions and waivers listed in the Presidential Proclamation for qualified applicants, but the bona fide relationship exception is no longer applicable.

If you have questions on how this new announcement may impact your U.S. Immigration process, please contact SPS Immigration.

By | 2017-10-09T15:31:07+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

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