RapidVisa’s First Customer Affected by Trump’s Travel Ban (Executive Order 13769)

23 Apr 2018

We want to update our audience on what we’re seeing in relation to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, the “Travel Ban”. We have seen our first customer officially turned away for an embassy interview by terms cited in this executive order. The customer was from Iran. The customer was approved through the USCIS months before, and made it all the way to the point of scheduling an appointment but was turned away due to the travel ban. To our knowledge, the customer was not given any reimbursement from the USCIS for fees paid.

Original versions of this ban were held up in court and thrown out by judges, but it appears the latest version actually was allowed to remain in place in January 2018 before new hearings occur to decide if it should be thrown out by June.

Basically, if you are a national of Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad or North Korea, you are for the time being, unable to enter the U.S. Please know that if you begin a visa with RapidVisa, you may not be able to schedule an interview unless the terms of this order are thrown out or if something else changes related to it.

The ban also affects certain nationals of Venezuela, but only certain government officials and their families. Most visas from Venezuela are unaffected by this.

Here’s exactly how each country is specifically affected, according to Whitehouse.gov:

Iran 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as nonimmigrants is hereby suspended, except that entry by such nationals under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals should be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”

Syria 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Syria as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended.”

Libya 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Libya, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.”

Yemen 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.”

Somalia 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is hereby suspended. Additionally, visa adjudications for nationals of Somalia and decisions regarding their entry as nonimmigrants should be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if applicants are connected to terrorist organizations or otherwise pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States.”

Chad 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of Chad, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended.”

North Korea 

“(ii) The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is hereby suspended.”

Venezuela 

“(ii) Notwithstanding section 3(b)(v) of this proclamation, the entry into the United States of officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures — including the Ministry of the Popular Power for Interior, Justice and Peace; the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Immigration; the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps; the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service; and the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations — and their immediate family members, as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is hereby suspended. Further, nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders should be subject to appropriate additional measures to ensure traveler information remains current.”

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