Business Immigration Zone (BIZ): Key Impacts of President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

February 02, 2017

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017 that suspended the ability of certain foreign nationals to enter the United States.

For the next 90 days following January 27, 2017, nearly all travelers, except U.S. citizens, traveling on passports from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen will be temporarily suspended from entry to the United States.

Importantly, however, lawful permanent residents of the United States traveling on a valid 1-551 will be allowed to board U.S. bound aircraft and will be assessed for exceptions at arrival ports of entry, as appropriate. According to the federal government, the entry of these individuals, subject to national security checks, is in the national interest.

In the next 30 days, DHS will perform a global country-by-country review of the information each country provides when their citizens apply for a U.S. visa or immigration benefit. Countries will then have 60 days to comply with any requests from the U.S. government to update or improve the quality of the information they provide.

Further, the Trump administration has advised that the Refugee Admissions Program will be temporarily suspended for the next 120 days while DHS and interagency partners review screening procedures to ensure refugees admitted in the future do not pose a security risk to U.S. citizens.

The Executive Order does not prohibit entry of, or visa issuance to, travelers with diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas.

U.S. Immigration policy is now fluid and likely to change significantly in the upcoming days. For assistance with immigration matters, contact  brandon.davis@phelps.com.