As anticipated, President Trump signed an Executive Order this afternoon signaling abrupt changes to U.S. immigration policy. Among other security-related measures, the Order bans admission and readmissions of foreign nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days (the draft version of the Order leaked to the press earlier this week would have banned admissions for at least 30 days). This restriction applies to nonimmigrants, including visitors, temporary workers, and students, as well as foreign nationals seeking admission with an immigrant visa. Although the language in the Order is not clear, the restriction may also apply to permanent residents from these countries.
We are advising foreign nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to avoid traveling outside the United States at this time. Foreign nationals from these countries who are currently outside the United States and seeking to enter or reenter may not be allowed to board planes bound for the United States.
The other provisions of the Executive Order are only slightly different from the draft version leaked earlier this week, which we summarized in yesterday’s alert. We will provide a comprehensive overview of the implications of this Order early next week.