U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY

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On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation entitled: “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats”

This travel ban does not affect students with current and valid student visas (F, M, J), or employees with current and valid work visas (H).

It also does, however, seem to indicate that (i) no new student visas will be issued (e.g. processing of such applications will be suspended) as of the effective date of 10/18/17 for nationals of North Korea and Syria; (ii) no new employee visas will be issued as of the effective date of 10/18/17 for North Korea, Syria or Iran; and (iii) visa holders (student and employee) from Venezuela will be subject to additional scrutiny measures “to ensure traveler information remains current;” and (iv) applicants for new visas (student and employee) from Somalia will be subject to additional scrutiny to make sure the applicant is not a terrorist or connected with terrorism.

Sections 2 and 3 of the Proclamation have more specific country-by country provisions as described below:

Section 2 (Suspensions, by country):

Chad
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of Chad, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.

Iran
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as nonimmigrants is hereby suspended, except that entry by such nationals under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements

North Korea
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended.

Syria
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of Syria as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended.

Venezuela
(ii)  Notwithstanding section 3(b)(v) of this proclamation, the entry into the United States of officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures — including the Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration; the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps; the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service; and the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations — and their immediate family members, as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.  Further, nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders should be subject to appropriate additional measures to ensure traveler information remains current.

Yemen
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.

Somalia
(ii)  The entry into the United States of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is hereby suspended.  Additionally, visa adjudications for nationals of Somalia and decisions regarding their entry as nonimmigrants should be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if applicants are connected to terrorist organizations or otherwise pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States.

Section 3 (“Scope and Implementation…”):

“…the suspensions of and limitations on entry pursuant to section 2 of this proclamation shall apply only to foreign nationals of the designated countries who:

(i)    are outside the United States on the applicable effective date under section 7 of this proclamation;

(ii)   do not have a valid visa on the applicable effective date under section 7 of this proclamation; and

(iii)  do not qualify for a visa or other valid travel document under section 6(d) of this proclamation.

We will provide updates as they become available.

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