As of Sept. 24, a new Executive Order was passed that restricts entry to the U.S. for people of certain nationalities. The order will be effective on Oct. 18. Per Homeland Security:
- The United States maintained, modified, or eased restriction on five of the six countries currently designated by Executive Order 13780. Those countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.
- The United States lifted restrictions on one country currently designated by Executive Order 13780: Sudan.
- The United States added restrictions and/or additional vetting on three additional countries found to not meet baseline requirements, but that were not included in Executive Order 13780. These countries are: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
Unlike the previous ban, this version is indefinite and restrictions vary by country. Those already possessing valid visas or admitted to the U.S. on the effective day of Oct. 18, 2017, are exempt from new restrictions.
Let us know if you have questions on the possible impact to your global mobility or frequent business traveler programs.
Every year, the United States grants lawful permanent resident status to approximately 1.1 million individuals from all across the world. In FY 2016, the United States issued approximately 10.4 million nonimmigrant visas to individuals from all across the world. In FY 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers processed more than 390 million travelers at air, land, and sea ports of entry, including more than 119 million travelers at airports of entry. Over the last five years, international travel has grown 15 percent overall and 26 percent at airports. International travel at U.S. airports of entry increased 6 percent from FY2015. Over the next five years, international travel is projected to increase at an annual rate of 4 percent.