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02/07/2017

Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

WVNUrgent Notice – Per the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was suspended. An order issued by a U.S. District Court in Washington state on February 3, 2017 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, , “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Accordingly, U.S. embassies and consulates will resume scheduling visa appointments for these nationals.

The Department of State had also, under the Executive Order, provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of those seven countries.  That provisional revocation is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible.  Individuals whose visas are expired, or were physically cancelled, must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, absent a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decision to grant parole or waive the visa requirement at the port of entry.  We are looking further into this issue and will revise this site with any updates.

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

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