On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
Here are 10 Facts to know about President Trump's Travel Ban:
1. The order prohibits visa issuance and admission for a temporary period of 90 days for citizens or nationals from seven Islamic countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia. It targets individuals of those countries regardless of which U.S. visa category they hold.
2. The order suspends the entry of any refugee who is waiting for resettlement in the U.S. for 120 days.
3. All Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely until further notice.
4. Individuals of the banned countries who hold dual citizenship with another country (not U.S.) are also affected by the order.
5. U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) from banned countries will not be restricted from entering the country but will be subject to additional screening and national security checks when entering the U.S. If an LPR who is currently in the U.S. has to travel to one of the banned countries, he/she should contact their Consulate first.
6. Nationals of banned countries who are U.S. citizens - whether natural-born or naturalized - are not affected by the order. However, they may also be questioned at the port of entry.
7. Nationals of other Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan etc., are not affected by the travel ban.
8. The order suspends the Visa Interview Waiver Program (VIWP), which allows citizens of 38 countries to enter the U.S. on temporary visas without formal interviews with U.S. consular officers.
9. U.S. Residents/citizens are not restricted from visiting other Muslim countries.
10. Upon resumption of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, refugee admissions to the United States will be reduced from 110,000 to 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.
All green card holders are strongly urged not to surrender their green cards or sign Form I-407,(Abandonment of LPR status). If asked to sign Form I-407, we recommend that you refuse to do so. Form I-407 must be signed voluntarily and there are no potential negative ramifications for refusing to sign.
Williams Global Law encourages all non-U.S. citizens who are nationals of any of the seven banned countries to refrain from leaving the United States until further notice. If you need to urgently travel outside of the U.S., please contact us for further information and assistance. Williams Global Law is here to support our immigrants in challenging times!