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United States: New Executive Order on Immigration

Latest news on new Executive Order released by President Donald Trump

On 6 March 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order placing a 90-day ban on nationals from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan. The new Order takes effect on 16 March 2017.

Nationals of Iraq who were suspended from entry under the previous order, are no longer subject to the restrictions after the Iraq government agreed to additional visa vetting measures.

This suspension is in effect for 90 days and is subject to several limitations, waivers, and exceptions. It will apply to individuals of the designated countries who are outside the United States on the effective date of the Order without a valid visa issued before 27 January 2017.

The new Order does not apply to the following:

  • Any lawful permanent resident (commonly referred to as “green card holders”) of the United States
  • Any foreign national who is admitted to the United States on or after the effective date of the Order
  • Any foreign national who has a document other than a visa, valid on the effective date of the Order or issued on any date thereafter, that permits him or her to travel to the United States, such as an advance parole document
  • Any dual national of a designated country when travelling on a passport issued by a non-designated country
  • Any foreign national travelling on a diplomatic, NATO, or C-2 visa for travel to the United Nations, or G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visa
  • Any foreign national who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture before the effective date of the Order

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Immigration team at or call +44(0)20 8836 3359.

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