What Foreign Nationals Need to Know About the Travel Ban

(Updated June 30, 2017)

As of 8pm EDT Thursday, President Trump’s travel ban executive order is in force against certain nationals of six restricted countries and against refugees from any country.

The ban was put in place following a Supreme Court decision Monday to allow the Trump Administration to partially enforce the ban, but to exempt foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship to an entity or person in the United States. Most employer-sponsored foreign nationals should be exempt.

The following are Fragomen’s answers to frequently asked questions about the travel ban. The information below is based on the latest guidance from the Departments of State and Homeland Security.

Who is subject to entry restrictions?

How long will the entry ban be in effect? Could it be expanded to other countries?

Who is exempt from the travel ban?

I am a national of a restricted country. I have an approved USCIS nonimmigrant petition sponsored by a company in the United States. Will I be subject to the ban? What about my dependents?

Are foreign students subject to the travel restrictions?

I am a national of a restricted country and am applying for an immigrant visa to come to the United States as a permanent resident. Will I be subject to the travel ban?

I am planning business travel to the United States and am a national of a restricted country. Will I be able to obtain a B-1 visa to the United States?

I want to travel to the United States to visit or live with a family member and am a national of a restricted country. Am I subject to travel restrictions?

I am subject to the travel ban. How can I qualify for a waiver?

How does the executive order affect members of U.S. trusted traveler programs?

This alert is for informational purposes only. We will continue to monitor the impact of the executive order. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact our office or email us at isss@fiu.edu.

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