On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order indefinitely banning almost all travel to the U.S. from seven countries. The new order blocks citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the United States. Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela who seek to visit the U.S. will face restrictions or heightened scrutiny.
This new executive order will take effect on October 18, just a week after the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the revised travel ban issued in March of this year.
Officials are describing the new order as much more targeted than earlier bans saying that each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions. According to The Washington Post, “The new rules vary per country, barring entry into the United States of immigrants and non-immigrants from Chad, Libya and Yemen, on business, tourist or business-tourist visas. It bars entry of Iranian citizens, as immigrants or non-immigrants, but provides an exception for Iranian students, provided they receive extra screening. The proclamation bars immigrants and non-immigrants from North Korea and Syria. It bars immigration by citizens of Somalia.”
However, the administration said the new rules would not apply to “legal permanent residents of the United States” and “visitors who currently hold valid visas from the countries listed will not have their visas revoked.
Envoy is pulling reports and assessing accounts of all customers today and will be reaching out if your employees are affected. G.I.A., Envoy’s affiliated law firm, recommends citizens of the affected countries not to travel. We will continue to keep you informed of any new developments.
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