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Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order

00:05 03 February in News Updates
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Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order

DUAL NATIONALS

2/2/17:  The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued an emergency alert confirming that the Executive Order of 1/27/17 does NOT restrict the travel of dual citizens with a valid U.S. visa if they hold a passport of a non-restricted country.  Further, the alert states that embassies and consulates will continue to process visa applications and issue visas to otherwise eligible applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from one of the seven restricted countries.   Example:   A citizen of the United Kingdom, born in Syria, with a valid H-1B visa in his British passport, would NOT have his visa revoked.

DOS Emergency Alert:  Executive Order on Visas:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/important-announcement.html

NO CURRENT PLANS TO EXPAND THE TRAVEL BAN BEYOND THE CURRENTLY DESIGNATED COUNTRIES

Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

2/2/17:    In response to rumors of plans to expand the travel ban to other countries, DOS informed AILA that there is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This includes Colombia and Venezuela which have been widely rumored to be under consideration. DOS confirmed that there is no information that supports such a rumor and asked that AILA members help end the spread of this false information.

WHETHER U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) WILL SUSPEND ADJUDICATION

Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

1/31/17:   Media articles have reported that USCIS has suspended the adjudication of certain affected immigration benefits. Given the language of the Executive Order and the reports, it appears likely there has been or will be some directive to USCIS on how to handle benefits applications. AILA has contacted USCIS, but has been unable to confirm these reports definitively. AILA has also asked what benefits may be affected and how USCIS will treat dual nationals. We will update members as soon as possible.

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