Update – Executive Order on Visas

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin answers questions from the media at the U.S. District Court Ninth

WVN – On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13780 suspending visa issuance and entry into the United States.

On March 16, 2017, a federal district court for the District of Maryland separately issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Section 2(c) of the same Executive Order.  Both are effective immediately.


As the Executive Order was not yet in effect, U.S. embassies and consulates continue to process visas for nationals of the six countries as before.  The Department will suspend implementation of provisions of the Executive Order as required by the relevant court orders.


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