Changes to USA border and immigration policy

Immigration News Update
Travel News 03 Feb 2017

Over the weekend President Trump signed an executive order that took immediate effect and which has denied certain people entry to the United States of America. This order included a 90 day ban on entry to the USA for all citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen including people who have dual citizenship of one of the seven listed above.

 

Monday 6 February - update

On Friday 3 February a US federal judge overruled the executive order banning the entry of (certain) citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

This was subsequently appealed by the Department of Justice but the appeals court upheld the overturn of the ban.

Citizens of the seven listed countries (whether dual nationals or not) who hold a valid visa, may now, until further notice, enter the USA as before.  Citizens of these seven countries may also apply for new visas to travel to the USA but should anticipate delays in processing at this time.

Please continue to refer your customers to their nearest US embassy or consulate for advice. 

Tuesday 31 January - update

There have been some developments overnight - the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have negotiated entry to the USA for their dual nationals.

This means that people who are citizens of one of the seven banned nations and also citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada only, will be eligible to travel to the USA if they obtain the appropriate visa.  

We do recommend that even if customers or staff are dual nationals who can now enter on a valid visa, that their status is confirmed through contacting their nearest US embassy or consulate. 

Please be aware that any new visa applications will likely take longer to process at this time so we should allow as much time as possible before travel to obtain these.

Who cannot enter the USA?

  • For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or New Zealand
  • These dual citizens (above) who do not have a valid visa to enter the USA
  • For the next 120 days: Any refugees from any nation
  • Indefinitely: Refugees from Syria

Who can enter the USA?

  • Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or New Zealand WITH a valid visitor visa to enter the USA
  • Citizens of visa waiver countries holding a valid ESTA
  • For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US citizens or permanent residents
  • For the next 90 days: On a case-by-case basis, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US Green Card holders

If you think you may be impacted by these changes please contact your Business Travel Consultant or refer to US Customs and Border Protection.