As expected, President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order called “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” relating to visa issuance, visa and entry screening procedures, and refugees.
“We don’t want them here.” –President Trump
This Executive Order will “suspend” the entry of nationals from certain designated countries (like Iraq, Syria, and other countries of concern) for the next 90 days. Unless these and other countries “cooperate” with the United States by providing certain requested information within 60 days, the travel ban for persons from the country in question could become indefinite. It is possible that other designated countries could be added to this list.
Our strong recommendation to persons who might be affected by the Executive Order is to refrain from traveling outside of the United States if they are already here, or try to return to the United States as soon as possible (tonight or early tomorrow) if currently outside of the country. Additionally, because in-person interviews will be required for all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa to the U.S., we believe that waiting lines for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad will be long. It is our recommendation to complete the DS-160 and schedule an interview as early as possible to prevent delays.
The order also does not define what it means to be “from” a designated country. Thus, in an abundance of caution, it may be best to interpret the term broadly to include passport holders, citizens, nationals, dual nationals, etc. Additionally, after 90 days, the right to travel to the United States is not automatically reinstated. It is presently unclear exactly who will be covered by this Executive Order. We will provide updates as soon as further information becomes available.