Certain U.S. Visas Now Barred to Citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

Citing concerns that Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals who'd been ordered removed from the U.S., DHS imposed sanctions, limiting who can obtain certain types of temporary visas from there.

Four countries were the subject of visa sanctions recently announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

The reason given was their failure to cooperate with regard to accepting their own nationals back, after they have been ordered removed (deported) from the United States.

The precise nature of the sanctions depends on the particular country:

  • Cambodia: The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is no longer issuing B visas (for temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees with the rank of Director General and above and their families.
  • Eritrea: The U.S. Embassy in Asmara is no longer issuing any B visas at all (for temporary visitors for business or pleasure).
  • Guinea: The U.S. Embassy in Conakry is no longer issuing B visas (for temporary visitors for business or pleasure) or F, M, or J visas (for temporary visitors for academic student, vocational student, and exchange programs) to Guinean government officials and their immediate family members.
  • Sierra Leone: The U.S. Embassy in Freetown is no longer issuing B visas (for temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and immigration officials.
These suspensions of visa processing will continue until the U.S. government decides that the countries in question have brought their cooperation on removals up to an acceptable level. If they don't improve, however, DHS warns that the scope of these sanctions may actually be expanded to a wider population.

For further details, see DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Four Countries.

Effective date: September 13, 2017