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President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

On June 26, 2017, the US Supreme Court allowed the government to ban U.S. travel by those nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with an entity in the U.S. The Court stated that students who have been admitted to a U.S. university would have a bona fide relationship, and they are not subject to the travel ban. This would also apply to a worker who accepted an offer of employment from an American company or a lecturer invited to address an American audience.


Below is a summary of information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For more detailed information, please see their website. DHS has also released a fact sheet about the new executive order.

Per the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen who have valid visas will not be affected by this Executive Order.  No visas will be revoked solely based on this Executive Order.

Yes. Individuals within the United States with valid multiple entry visas on the effective date of the order are eligible for travel to and from the United States, provided the visa remains valid and the traveler is otherwise admissible.  All foreign nationals traveling with a visa must satisfy all admissibility requirements for entry.  Additional information on applying for admission to the United States is available on the Customs and Border Protection website

Travelers must have a valid visa to travel to the United States, regardless of the Executive Order.  Travelers who do not have a valid visa due to its expiration while abroad must obtain a new valid visa prior to returning to the United States. 

Visas will not be revoked solely as a result of the Executive Order.  The Department of State has broad authority under Section 221(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to revoke visas. 

The Executive Order applies to both nationals and citizens of the six countries. 

Per the Executive Order, the suspension of entry does not apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States.  

The Executive Order exempts from its scope any dual national of one of the six countries when the individual is traveling on a passport issued by a different non-designated country. 

The F-1 or J-1 visa page in a student or scholars passport should appear in the non-designated country passport. Example: F-1 student is a dual national of South Korea and Somalia. The F-1 visa page should appear in the passport for South Korea.

Please contact the Department of State for information about how the Executive Order applies to visa applicants.

The Executive Order does not apply to individuals who are within the United States on the effective date of the Order or to those individuals who hold a valid visa. Visas which were provisionally revoked solely as a result of the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 are valid for purposes of administering this Executive Order. Individuals holding valid F, M, or J visas may continue to travel to the United States on those visas if they are otherwise valid. 

Please contact the State Department for information about how the Executive Order applies to visa applicants.

The Executive Order does not affect F, M, or J visa holders if they currently have a valid visa on the effective date or held a valid visa on January 27, 2017 prior to the issuance of the Executive Order. With that said, travelers must have a valid visa to travel to the United States, regardless of the Executive Order.  Travelers whose visa expires after the effective date of the Executive Order must obtain a new, valid visa to return to the United States. 

No. The “visa interview waiver program” is different from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows citizens of 38 named countries to travel to the United States. The VWP is still in effect. Citizens of most Western European countries, and others (e.g., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore) may still seek admission to the United States on the basis of their passports and an ESTA clearance.

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