The Trump Administration announced new restrictions on travel, including an indefinite ban on travel from seven countries.
Beginning October 18, most people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be indefinitely banned from entering the United States. People from Iraq and some groups of people from Venezuela will face restrictions or tougher vetting for visas.
According to early reports regarding the content of the proclamation, Iranian citizens with current visas will still be able to enter the U.S. on student and exchange visas, but will be subject to enhanced screening.
The announcement could have an effect on the legal challenge to the March 6, 2017 Executive Order travel ban. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in that case October 10. The proclamation announced tonight might make some portions of that case moot, but most expect legal challenges to these new restrictions.
The government said the restrictions will remain in place until governments of those countries “satisfactorily address the identified inadequacies.”
Under the current travel ban, citizens from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen may not obtain a visa to enter the United States unless they have a “bona fide” relationship to a person or entity in this country. Only Sudan was removed from the list of countries prohibiting travel to this country.
The administration said the proclamation does not revoke visas and is limited to individuals who do not have a valid visa on the effective date, but the new rules appear to impact these individuals once their current visas expire.
Today's announcement does not affect the portion of the March 6, 2017 Executive Order related to the refugee program. Some sources are reporting that the Trump administration will be announcing new rules related to refugees in the near future.
We will be analyzing the information released by the administration and make updates here.
White House Fact Sheet: Proclamation on Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threat.
More information can be found on the Immigration Response Team website.