Following a December 4, 2017 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the third form of the Trump administration’s travel ban to take effect while legal challenges continue, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published guidance regarding the implementation of the ban.
The Trump travel ban imposes restrictions on eight countries: Chad, Libya, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen. In addition, extra screening measures will be applied to nationals of Iraq. The Department of State’s guidance called for the restrictions to be fully implemented beginning December 8, 2017.
The guidance provides details about how the travel ban will be implemented. For nationals of the eight affected countries, visa application appointments that were scheduled previously will not be canceled. Instead, if an applicant is otherwise eligible, a consular officer will decide whether an exemption applies or whether the individual may be eligible for a waiver. No previously issued visas will be revoked because of the travel ban, and people who have valid visas or travel documents will generally be permitted to enter the United States.
People who are affected by the travel ban and wish to seek a waiver should be aware that there is no separate waiver application. Foreign nationals of the eight affected countries who wish to travel to the United States should apply for a visa application and include any information regarding why they may be eligible for a waiver. People seeking a waiver based on a “close family member” should know that for the purposes of the travel ban, this relationship only includes spouses, parents and children under the age of 21 of U.S. citizens, aliens lawfully admitted on valid nonimmigrant visas and lawful permanent residents.