The Trump administration today announced new list of countries restricted under the travel ban. This is the third version of the controversial executive order. It will go into effect on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela are added to the list of banned countries.
No longer on the list is Sudan.
The remaining banned countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia.
The imposed restrictions differ per country:
– North Korea, Syria: no entry for immigrants and non-immigrants.
– Chad, Yemen, Libya: no entry for immigrants as well as for non-immigrants traveling on business and tourist visas.
– Somalia: no entry for immigrants. Non-immigrants will face enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
– Iran: no entry for immigrants and for non-immigrants. Holders of valid student and exchange visitor visas are for now excepted from the ban.
– Venezuela: no entry for certain government officials and their immediate family members on some business and tourist visas.
Currently immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan are banned unless they can prove a bona fide relationship with a person or with an entity. Individuals eligible for this exception can apply for a visa until October 18.
The new executive order is not limited time-wise, but “indefinite” and “condition based”.
The order gives Consular Officers the discretion to waive restriction on a case-by-case basis.