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Update (2/10/2017): On February 9, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the administration's argument and ruled against reinstating the entry ban. This means the 90-day entry ban for those seven countries is temporarily halted. However, ISSS still advises all foreign nationals to travel with caution.
On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. Some of the provisions, which may impact Penn international community, are summarized below:
· The order bans immigrant and nonimmigrant entries, for at least 90 days, for nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen [by reference to INA §217(a)(12)]. Other countries may be added following review by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security and adjudications of other immigration benefits could be impacted.
· The order requires in-person interviews for most nonimmigrant visa applicants effectively suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program (VIWP) and requiring all nonimmigrant visa applicants to attend an interview. Expect that visa interview appointments will become more difficult to obtain and processing times will be longer.
· The order directs federal agencies to develop screening standards and procedures for all immigration benefits to identify fraud and detect whether a person intends to do harm. Expect roll-out of enhanced screening program for visa applicants.
· The order directs agencies to expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit system and includes reporting requirements.