Trump Expands Travel Ban, Blocking Immigrant Nationals of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania

New Trump order stops U.S. consulates from issuing immigrant visas for U.S. entry to nationals of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria, and suspends participation in Diversity Visa Lottery for certain nationals of Sudan and Tanzania.

** LEGAL UPDATE **

As predicted, Trump has issued a proclamation stopping U.S. consulates from issuing immigrant visas for U.S. entry to nationals of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria.

In addition, the proclamation suspends participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery for certain nationals of Sudan and Tanzania.

The order also confirms that past entry restrictions will remain on some nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.

Notice what the order does not cover, however: Nonimmigrant visas, in other words temporary ones such as the F-1 or M-1 for students, J-1 for various types of exchange visitors, and H-1B for specialty workers.

The stated rationale for this change is that the various named countries have failed to implement proper protocols and procedures for identifying their citizens, or failed to provide sufficient information to comply with the U.S.'s basic national security requirements.

Critics such as the ACLU charge, however, that "President Trump is doubling down on his signature anti-Muslim policy—and using the ban as a way to put even more of his prejudices into practice by excluding more communities of color.”

As with the previous version of the travel ban, keep in mind that waivers are available, in rare cases where:

  • the applicant would experience undue hardship if U.S. entry were denied
  • entry would be in the U.S. national interest, and
  • entry would not be a threat to national security.

The waiver must be requested at the time of applying for the visa. See more information on how to apply for the waiver.

Effective Date: January 31, 2020