All About Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order

07 Feb 2017

This post is regarding President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States

In order to proactively address inquiries regarding President Trump’s travel ban, RapidVisa offers the following:

What It Is

The travel ban bars entry to the United States for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations. The executive order also places a 120 day moratorium on refugee resettlement programs.

Who it Affects

Foreign nationals from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Iran who do not have lawful permanent resident status are banned from entering the United States.

Why It Was Implemented

The White House contends that the travel ban was initiated to increase national security and promote the safety of American citizens. Legal opponents to the travel ban refute this by declaring that the executive order is a ban against Muslims, which violates the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

Is the Executive Order a Travel Ban?

Yes. Affected individuals from those seven nations are not allowed to travel to the US for that stipulated 90 day period.

Is the executive order a “Muslim ban?”

This question is central to a federal judge’s recent suspension of the travel ban. The White House states that the travel ban is not specifically targeted towards Muslims. Numerous state Attorneys General have challenged this claim by noting that President Trump has previously stated that extreme measures were needed to keep Muslims out of the United States. The question of the order’s intent will therefore determine whether or not the travel ban will resume.

Travel Ban Timeline

January 27, 2017:

President Donald Trump issues an executive order temporarily banning citizens from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Iran. The ban will extend for 90 days and also halts refugee resettlement programs to the US for 120 days.

January 29, 2017:

Following nationwide confusion as to how various government agencies are to implement the ban – and the “provisional revocation” of approximately 60,000 travel visas – the White House stated that the immigration decree does not apply to foreign citizens that already possess legal permanent residency in the United States.

January 30, 2017:

The Attorney General of Washington state –followed shortly by Minnesota and eventually fourteen other states – files suit against the executive order. The request that the travel ban be suspended is followed by dozens of other lawsuits from a variety of national agencies. A limited number of courts start temporarily suspending various parts of President Trump’s executive order.

February 3, 2017:

A US District Judge responds to the Attorneys General suit, temporality suspending enforcement of the executive order. The federal judge ordering the suspension states that further judicial evaluation is necessary. Responding to the judge’s order, the government informs the airlines that travelers from the seven banned nations are once again allowed entry to the United States. The State Department summarily reverses cancellation of the 60,000 travel visas halted by the initial executive order.

February 4, 2017:

The Department of Justice files against the suspension of the travel ban, stating that it will appeal the federal judge’s order.

February 5, 2017:

The federal court denies the Department of Justice request, citing the need for further judicial review.

February 6, 2017:

The federal court decrees that documentary filings from all concerned parties is due by the end of the work day.

February 7, 2017:

Testimony from both sides is scheduled at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Oral arguments from the Justice Department and the involved state Attorneys General will be heard at 3 PM.

January, 2018

A new version of the ban is introduced, which includes a slightly different list of countries from the original. Now, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Veneuela are affected. 

April, 2018

RapidVisa is notified of its first customer who fell victim to the travel ban. The customer was a national of Iran living abroad in the UK, applying for a CR1 Spousal Visa. The customer applied months before, and was approved through the USCIS, but refused an interview by the US Embassy by grounds of Executive Order 13769.

January 31, 2020

President Trump added Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania to the banned list. For more details, see this article. More to come as we get information.

Our Recommendation

Foreign nationals from the seven targeted nations already in the United States are advised not to leave the country until the legalities on the matter are concluded. Foreign citizens abroad who might be affected by the resumption of the travel ban are advised to return to the US as soon as possible.

We will continue to update this page as developments continue.

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12 Thoughts on “All About Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order

  1. Tamara Walker says:

    Yes will this ban also put time restraints on others that filing for spousal visas? My husband is in Dakar, Senegal. Could we possibly see the government prolonging the process to complete I-130 petitions? Can the government add more countries to this ban later down the road, if they deem necessary?

  2. Gary W Funk says:

    While I’m not happy with tbe EO, it is not a Muslim Ban. It bans all citizens from the seven countries regardless of religion. It does NOT bar Muslims from the ove 30 other Muslim countries.

    It bans citizens from the seven countries that support state funded terrorism against non Muslim countries.

  3. John P. Murphy says:

    Thanks for the info.
    I will be using your services soon

  4. Richard says:

    WOW, that is so crazy this man is insane and needs meds…We all have loved ones we want to marry and this is a thorn in our side.

    • Alanna Lashlee says:

      This is a site to inform what is happening not to peddle your opinions of our President. At least he is busting his butt as promised and getting stuff done more in these past few days then most do in their whole term, If this protects and saves lives until they can figure out a better way to keep terrorist out of our country then it is more then worth the wait. My fiance and I have no problems waiting if it makes things safer. He sees enough of this in his country and does not want to see it happen here. It does not stop us from visiting else where.
      If you are in such dire need to get married go to her country and do so. I had a friend that did this with no problem at all.
      If we continue to open our borders to so many we will soon end up like Europe with all their terrorist issues. They are taking over like wildfire and I never want to see that happen to our wonderful country.

  5. patrick riley II says:

    thank god, and trump .for finally doing something to make AMERICA safe again , GOD BLESSS , BOTH OF THEM

  6. Malik says:

    I support it for the protection of the country, but I refuse to say that we steal Iraq’s oil, because his army incoherently and weak and surprised that some churches and monastery of Christians and Jews silent and Asagafot and I think that the Ten Commandments says do not steal do not kill or there is not a religion in this country, not morality or culture we live in the forest

  7. Derek says:

    I have been talking with my girlfriend for several months. She is from brazil and I am a U.S. citizen she plans on filing for a tourist visa to come to the states when I get back from my deployment. at that time we plan on getting married and I’m just wondering what’s the process from there?

  8. Barbara says:

    My fiance is from Iran, we have known each other for 15 years and have been engaged for 2 years. What are his chances of being able to get a visa with this ban? It is my understanding that as long as a entry is attempted through proper channels chances are positive. Is this true? Can an Iran natiinal get a k1 visa?

  9. Joshua says:

    I want to get a Fiance visa for my fiancé from Venezuela. She currently lives in Colombia. What kind of possibilities and difficulties should I expect?

  10. David Knight says:

    My fiance is from the Philippines. Will this craziness effect our efforts to be together?

  11. She’s from South America and wants to get a B1/B2 VISA? Ummm….good luck with that

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