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Supreme Court Upholds Travel Restrictions - (07/10/18)

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 ruling to uphold President Trump’s Proclamation issued September 24, 2017, which bars nearly all nationals from seven countries from entering the United States. The proclamation was the third version of a travel ban issued by the Trump Administration, and impacts nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

While nationals from some countries are banned entry, nationals from other countries must undergo enhanced screening and vetting. The Court had already ruled last December to allow this version of the ban to take effect while the case was going through the appeals process.

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…

Therefore, it is possible that case-by-case waivers from the restrictions may be available. For more information about restrictions and potential waivers, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Fact Sheet and FAQ webpage