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June 26, 2018
U.S. Supreme Courts Votes
to Uphold U.S. Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court voted to maintain President Trump's immigration policy which forbids or limits entry to the U.S. to nationals from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

The restrictions are the following:

  • North Korea and Syria: All entries (immigrantion, tourism, business) are suspended
  • Libya and Yemen: Entry for immigration purposes is suspended; non-immigrant visas B-1 (business), B-2 (tourism), and B-1/B-2 (combination business/tourism) are suspended
  • Iran: All entries are suspended, except under a valid student (F, M) or exchange (J) visa
  • Somalia: Entry for immigration purposes is suspended
  • Venezuela: Entry with non-immigrant visa (B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2) is ceased for officials of certain Venezuela’s governmental agencies and their immediate family members

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia who were previously allowed entry by claiming a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. are now unable to enter the United States unless they match one of the following conditions: 

  • Lawful permanent U.S. residents
  • Foreign nationals who are already admitted to the U.S. after the applicable effective date (Sept. 24 or Oct. 18, 2017)
  • Dual nationals of affected countries traveling with a passport issued by a non-affected country
  • Foreign nationals with a document other than a visa that permits them to travel to the U.S. and is valid on or after the applicable effective date (Sept. 24 or Oct. 18, 2017)
  • Foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas
  • Individuals already granted asylum or refugee status
  • Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture 

Moving forward, the travel ban will be reviewed every 180 days, at which time countries may be added or removed.  

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