DRAFT SEPTEMBER 24 TRAVEL BAN SUMMARY – FINAL ENGLISH DRAFT
On September 24, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new set of visa and travel restrictions for certain foreigners coming into the United States. These new restrictions replace the “travel ban” President Trump issued on March 6, 2017, which expired the same day these new restrictions were announced.
The new restrictions target individuals from Iran, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, Chad, Libya, and Somalia. The restrictions begin immediately for some individuals, but apply for others starting on October 18, 2017.
Visas issued before October 18 will still be honored and will not be revoked. However, after October 18, no new U.S. visas will be issued to any Iranians and no Iranian can enter the United States, with the exception of green card holders or individuals who have an F or M student visa or a J exchange visa.
Even though there is a full Iranian ban in place, there are other potential exceptions to these new rules. Any affected potential immigrant, investor, or traveler should consult with a skilled immigration attorney to discuss his or her options.
Court allows Trump administration to maintain its restrictions on refugees entering the US, but it will not be court’s final word on travel policy.
The supreme court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees, agreeing to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.
The order on Tuesday was not the court’s last word on the travel policy that Donald Trump first rolled out in January. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on 10 October on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world.
It is unclear, though, what will be left for the court to decide. The 90-day travel ban lapses in late September and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later.
The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand the travel ban to other countries.
Lower courts have ruled that the bans violate the constitution and federal immigration law. The high court has agreed to review those rulings. Its intervention so far has been to evaluate what parts of the policy can take effect in the meantime.