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We will keep this page updated as we have more information on the situation.
UPDATE 1/30: For help with a specific airline, please see our list of airline advisories.
UPDATE 1/29: White House just reversed position on lawful permanent residents (aka green card holders) and they can enter and they "promise" it will continue to be exempt.

Travel Advisory

On January 27th, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order relating to visa issuances, screening procedures, and refugees, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”

What does this mean?

This order immediately suspends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry of nationals from certain designated countries for 90 days. These designated countries include the following: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

There are several things that remain unclear, mainly:
  • Whether individuals who have traveled to these countries are part of this ban.
  • What it means to be “from” a designated country. Broadly, this might include passport holders, citizens, nationals, and dual nationals.

In addition, after 90 days travel is not automatically reinstated and is subject to review. To be more specific, countries would need to provide DHS (Department of Homeland security) information “needed for the adjudication of any benefit under the INA to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.” If this information were not provided, the the travel ban would become indefinite.

Who does this impact?

This travel ban impacts Lawful Permanent Residents (greencard holders) and nonimmigrant visa (F-1, H-1B, L-1, O-1, etc.) entrants and is effective immediately. For Lawful Permanent Residents, DHS has limited discretion to admit them on a case-by-case basis, and following a thorough security review.

The order also suspends the “Visa Interview Waiver Program” (VIWP), requiring all nonimmigrant visa applicants to attend an interview. Previously, The VIWP allowed consular officers to waive the interview requirement for applicants seeking to renew nonimmigrant visas within 12 months of expiration of the initial visa in the same classification. Suspending the VIWP will result in longer wait times for the U.S. consulates and embassies to issue visas. Employees applying or renewing their work visas should anticipate delays from the U.S. consulates and embassies in visa processing.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact us with any further questions. We are here to help if your travel plans are affected or if you have any other concerns.