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Trumps Executive Order On Travel Warnings And Refugee Bans For Nationals Of Certain Countries


Just days after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” which directly affects citizens of certain countries traveling to the United States. The Order relates to issuance of visa, screening procedures for visa and entry, as well as laws for refugees. The Executive Order has immediate affects as well as long term effects. It also specifically restricts visa issuance for individuals from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia for the next 90 days. The travel ban for individuals from these countries could become indefinite if they do not cooperate with the United States by providing certain requested information. It is very likely that other designated countries may also be added to this list.

Individuals who might be affected by the Executive Order are advised to refrain from travelling outside of the United States if they are already in the US. Similarly, if they are outside of the country, they should not try to return to the US as soon as possible. Anyone seeking a non-immigration visa to the U.S. will be required to give in-person interviews, which will make waiting lines for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad really long. Such individuals are advised to complete the DS-160 and schedule an interview as soon as possible to avoid any delays. Everyone wanting a visa will have to attend the in-person interview. The Executive Order is specifically targeted towards citizens, nationals, passport holders, and dual nationals. Their right to travel to the United States will not automatically be reinstated after 90 days. Certain requirements will have to be met by their resident country. It simply suspends their visas, and does not cancel it.

Lawful permanent US residents or dual citizens of the US of any of these countries will be admitted to the U.S. as a blanket waiver of the case by case determination which is mentioned in the Executive Order. Those affected by the Order are advised to be patient until further details are issued.

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