On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruled to uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban. The Travel Ban places country-specific travel restrictions on the following eight (8) countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. In addition to travel restrictions, nationals of Iraq will be subject to extra screening measures. The restrictions went into full effect on December 8, 2017.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued the following guidance for the Travel Ban:
• Previously Scheduled Visa Appointments – Previously scheduled visa application appointments will not be cancelled. For nationals of the eight designated countries, a consular officer will make a determination whether an applicant who is otherwise eligible for a visa is exempt from the proclamation, or, if not, may be eligible for a waiver under the Proclamation and therefore issued a visa.
• Previously Issued Visas – Visas will be revoked pursuant to the Proclamation. Individuals subject to the Travel Ban who hold a valid visa or valid travel document generally will be permitted to travel to the U.S., irrespective of when the visa was issued.
• Waivers – For individuals affected by the Travel Ban who are seeking a waiver, there is no separate application for a waiver. An individual who seeks to travel to the U.S. should apply for a visa and disclose during the visa interview any information that might demonstrate that he or she is eligible for a waiver.
• Immigrant Visa Petitions Processing at the National Visa Center – Individuals working on a case with the National Visa Center (NVC) should continue to pay fees, complete the DS-260 immigrant visa application, and submit financial and civil supporting documents to the NVC. The NVC will continue to review cases and schedule visa interview appointments overseas. During the interview, a consular officer will review the case to determine whether the applicant is affected by the proclamation and, if so, whether the case qualifies for an exception or may qualify for a waiver.
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