Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

To allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals, the Executive Order imposes on nationals of certain designated countries a 90-day bar on entry into the United States.  This bar also includes a 90-day prohibition on visa issuance.  These countries, as designated by Congress or the Secretary of Homeland Security, are:  Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.

Beginning January 27, 2017, travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa.  Those nationals or dual nationals holding valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas will not be permitted to enter the United States during this period.  Visa interviews will generally not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period.  Additionally, as such travelers will not be admitted to the United States under the Executive Order, and at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State is provisionally revoking valid visas previously issued to any affected nationals.

At this time, there are no changes to the Visa Waiver Program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security.  We refer you to DHS for more information.  A list of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program is available here:  https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

We recognize that certain individuals may be inconvenienced by this temporary bar.  The U.S. Government must temporarily enact this 90-day bar on entry into the United States and issuance of visas in order to facilitate proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration of foreign nationals.

We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United States as soon as that information is available.