Temporary ban from Seven Nations
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27th, 2017, that suspends the admission into the U.S. of people from certain countries for 90 days. This three-month ban applies to citizens of the following countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
It is important to note that citizens of those seven countries who hold U.S. visas or U.S. green cards were included in this temporary ban. Anyone traveling abroad when the executive order was signed is now unable to enter the country for at least three months. Individuals who are nationals of the countries mentioned above who are currently in the United States should not depart the United States.
Update: Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a stay of deportation on Saturday for those detained in the US but it is unclear how those who are traveling will be impacted. Official DHS statements on Sunday confirm that lawful permanent residents (those with Green Cards) from the seven countries are being let in to the US. It is still possible that LPRs could face additional questioning before being allowed to enter.
Employers are analyzing their workforce to determine who could be impacted by this ban. Companies like Google are calling for all of their impacted employees to return to the US immediately. Employers and employees should contact their global mobility departments and immigration partners immediately for advice and counsel.
Here is a PDF of the executive order.
Other Refugee and Immigration Changes
Trump ordered a four-month suspension of America’s broader refugee program. The U.S. will stop issuing visas to Syrian nationals and halt processing and admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
The State Department now requires interviews for all visa applicants, except for those under 14, over 79 or who previously held a similar visa that expired less than 12 months prior. Diplomats and other official applicants also are exempt.
Trump’s order also calls for extreme vetting. It did not spell out specifics on how he wants to increase vetting system for refugees. Instead he calls for a review of the refugee application and approval process and recommend other security measures to prevent people who pose a threat from using the refugee program.
The ACLU has advised that anyone who is stuck at an international airport and can’t get on a flight back to the U.S. should call the ACLU at 415-621-2488.
Here is another resource with helpful information.
CBP also posted a Q&A
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