Arlington, VA—The Trump Administration has issued a revised executive order suspending certain nationals of six countries from entering the U.S. The order reinstitutes a temporary 90-day ban from entering the U.S. those foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Also reinstituted is a 120-day suspension for the Refugee Admission Program on refugees from those countries. Iraq is no longer on the list of countries subject to the suspension. The new suspension takes effect on March 16.
The revised executive order includes exemptions and clarifications to the suspension that were not included in the initial executive order (EO 13769). The order applies to those foreign nationals who did not have a valid visa when the first executive order was issued, and do not have a valid visa and are outside of the U.S. on the effective date of the revised order. A waiver is granted to foreign nationals who meet several conditions including but not limited to: being a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., being a dual national traveling on a passport of a non-affected country, having a green card and seeking to reenter the U.S. or to enter the U.S. for business purposes, which would be significantly hampered by being denied entry.
The revised executive order is in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruling, which halted the suspension. On February 7, the Court upheld a decision by a U.S. District Judge to freeze the executive order. The Trump Administration chose to issue a revised executive order as its first response in lieu of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, or request a larger bench of Appeals Court judges to rehear the case.
On January 27, President Trump signed Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The order instituted a temporary 90-day ban from entering the U.S. nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen and a 120-day suspension for the Refugee Admission Program on refugees from those countries. The order also indefinitely banned nationals and refugees from Syria.
Impact on Mobility Industry
The suspension has direct significant implications for the workforce mobility industry. Worldwide ERC® hosted a webinar on February 14 on the ramifications of the initial executive order as well as a reported order being drafted specifically on high-skilled immigration. To access the webinar, please click here.
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