Legal Alert - IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Executive Order’s Travel Ban Creates Chaos for Foreign Workers and Their Employers


by Rebecca A. Winterscheidt and Benjamin A. Nucci

Late on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order immediately suspending the ability of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United Sates for a period of 90 days. Titled “Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the Order also suspended the visa interview waiver program for all U.S. visa applicants regardless of country of nationality or citizenship. The terms of the Executive Order included all immigrants and nonimmigrants which covers those with temporary visas such as those with visitor visas (B1/B2), work visas (H-1Bs and Ls, etc.), students (F and Js) as well as U.S. permanent residents (green card holders). It also includes individuals who are dual citizens and hold passports from a designated country, such as a person with both a U.K. and Iraqi passport.

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