DHS Announced New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries
On 1/31/2020 President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation which places new restrictions on six countries that are based on country-specific deficiencies identified during a review process and an assessment of travel-related risk.
- Travel Ban 4.0 contains restrictions on immigrants only. It will not impact non-immigrant visa applications or entry to the United States for F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors, H-1B workers etc.
- Entry into the United States of nationals of Eritrea, Burma, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria as immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the United States Government, is suspended.
- Entry into the United States of nationals of Sudan and Tanzania as Diversity Immigrants, is suspended.
- Travel Ban 3.0 continues in effect on certain citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
- Travel Ban 4.0 becomes effective at 12:01 eastern standard time on February 21, 2020.
Implications for the non-immigrant population of UT Dallas:
- If you are from one of the affected countries, and presently in the United States you are able to remain in the U.S. working and studying as appropriate for your visa category
- If you are from one of the affected countries, physically outside the United States, or planning to travel outside the U.S. and re-enter in an immigrant category, your re-entry may be suspended.
- On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Travel Ban 3.0, but it had already been in effect and enforced since December 4, 2017, when the Supreme Court stayed preliminary injunctions that had partially blocked it.
- On 10/17/2017, a Hawaii Federal District Judge ordered a nationwide injunction against President Trump's third travel ban. For additional information, review the Attorney General News Release.
- On 9/24/2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.It was set to go into effect 10/18/2017.
- On 3/6/2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13780 (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States).
For more information please refer to Proclamation 9983 of January 31, 2020.