Newest Travel Restrictions Start October 18 (09/26/17)

Less than two weeks before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on challenges to a March 6 Executive Order banning travel by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump Administration issued a Presidential Proclamation setting in place new travel restrictions for citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. Beginning October 18, these new rules will take effect for an indefinite period of time, although the United States may consider lifting restrictions on countries that meet certain standards.   

Those who currently hold valid visas should not be impacted, but future immigrants as well as many seeking nonimmigrant visas will be blocked, depending on the particular restrictions set per country.

  • Chad, Libya, and Yemen: Suspends entry for immigrants, and nonimmigrants on business (B-1) and tourist (B-2) visas.
  • Iran: Immigrants and nonimmigrants are blocked, except for students (F and M visas) and exchange visitors (J visas).
  • North Korea and Syria: Suspends entry for immigrants and nonimmigrants.
  • Somalia: Suspends entry for immigrants and applies additional screening for nonimmigrant visas.
  • Venezuela: New restrictions apply only to certain government officials and their families.

It is possible that case-by-case waivers from the restrictions may be available. The Proclamation includes a list of potential circumstances under which individual waivers might apply, including:  

(C)  the foreign national seeks to enter the United States for significant business or professional obligations and the denial of entry would impair those obligations;

The Supreme Court has canceled its October 10 plans to hear oral arguments on the March 6 Executive Order, and is weighing whether the court will still take up the case. Meanwhile, it is also possible that the lower courts will begin review of the new September 24 Presidential Proclamation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has posted a Fact Sheet and FAQ webpage that provides initial details about the specific restrictions and potential waivers. ArtistsfromAbroad.org will be updated with additional information for artists as further details regarding implementation are available.

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