President Trump issued a proclamation that imposes new travel restrictions on eight countries. Five of the eight countries—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—were included in the previous travel ban, while three countries—Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela—were added to the revised list.
The new restrictions were issued on Sept. 24, 2017, just as the old 90-day travel ban expired, and will go into effect on Oct. 18. Until then, by virtue of the proclamation, the “old” travel ban will continue for individuals from those countries still on the list who do not have a bona fide relationship with a U.S. person or entity.
The new restrictions will not be applied to:
- Current lawful permanent residents
- Current visa holders
- Dual nationals traveling on a passport from an unaffected country
- Refugees already admitted to the U.S.
- Individuals granted protection under the Convention Against Torture
Restrictions by country:
Chad, Libya, and Yemen:
Entry as immigrants and non immigrants in business and tourist status is suspended.
Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended, except for those in valid student (F and M) or exchange visitor (J) status.
Syria and North Korea:
Entry as immigrants or nonimmigrants is suspended.
Entry in tourist or business visitor status is suspended for officials of certain government agencies involved in screening and vetting practices and their immediate family members.
Entry as immigrants is suspended and decisions regarding entry as non immigrants will be subject to additional scrutiny.
Although Iraq is not technically covered by the new restrictions, the proclamation notes that Iraqi nationals will be subject to additional scrutiny.
How long these restrictions will last is uncertain. Countries may be removed or added to the list based upon further review of the effectiveness of their security practices.
Waivers will be available on “undue hardship” grounds if a consulate determines the entry would not pose a threat to national security and the admission would be in the national interest. This could include individuals who have already been admitted to the U.S. for extended periods of time.
The Supreme Court was set to hear the travel ban case on Oct. 10. The justices canceled that hearing and asked the parties to submit new briefs by Oct. 5.
Northeastern will continue to follow the situation closely and will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please contact the university’s Office of Global Services at OGS@northeastern.edu if you have any questions.