A new Executive Order was issued on March 6, 2017, titled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. This Executive Order revokes the previous Executive Order, signed January 27, 2017, which instituted a travel ban on citizens of certain countries. The new order will be effective as of March 16, 2017. Some of the changes and key provisions of this new order are:
- A 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The previous order had also included Iraq; however, the new order states that decisions about issuing visas or granting admission to citizens of Iraq will be subject to “additional scrutiny.”
- The ban applies to citizens of these six countries who are outside of the U.S. as of March 16, 2017, did not have a valid visa as of January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa as of March 16, 2017.
- The ban will not extend to lawful permanent residents; any foreign national already admitted or paroled into the U.S. as of March 16, 2017; any foreign national who has a document other than a visa (such as advance parole), which allows them to travel to the U.S.; any dual national of one of the designated countries who travels on a passport issued by a non-designated country; anyone traveling on a diplomatic visa; anyone who has already been granted asylum; or any refugee already admitted to the U.S.
- A 120-day suspension of refugee admissions and a decrease of the number of refugee admissions to 50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017.
- A review of existing law to allow state and local jurisdictions to have greater involvement in determining the resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions.
- A suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program and requiring anyone applying for a non-immigrant visa to appear for an in-person interview. Under the VIWP, some people could use a “drop box” to renew their visas.
Anyone whose visa was marked revoked or cancelled after the January 27, 2017, order may obtain a new document allowing travel to the U.S.
Contact MSEC’s Immigration Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.223.5660 with questions or concerns you or your foreign-worker employees may have.