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New US entry requirements now in place

New US entry conditions are now in place for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The US Supreme Court has reimposed sections of the immigration ban proposed by US President Donald Trump in January, which takes effect from today, 29 June 2017 and will continue for 90 days. The ban affects citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

 

New entry restrictions:

-          Citizens from the six prohibited countries cannot obtain a US visa unless they can show a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

 

A ‘bona fide relationship’ is defined as:

-          A close relationship with immediate or extended family residing in the US of which they can prove

-          A documented business relationship with an organisation or entity in the US

-          An offer of employment with an organisation or entity in the US

-          An invitation to attend a conference or deliver a lecture in the US

-          A registration as a student at an educational institution in the US

 

Entry requirements for eligible citizens:

-          Citizens from the six affected countries must obtain a US visa before they can enter the US

-          They cannot enter the border on an ESTA

 

Entry requirements for dual citizens:

-          Travellers who hold a dual citizenship with a country subject to the ban and a country not subject to the ban, are not affected by the restrictions but must obtain a VISA and travel on a passport from a non-restricted country

-          Citizens who hold a dual citizenship with a country subject to the ban and the US are not subject to the ban, nor are Green Card holders

 

Entry requirements for travellers who have visited one of the restricted countries since March 2011:

-          All travellers regardless of nationality must obtain a US visa to enter the border if they have visited any of the restricted countries since March 2011.

-          Travellers will not be permitted entry on an ESTA.

 

If you would like more information on the ban, please consult your country’s US Consulate office. For any assistance with travel arrangements, please contact your dedicated CTM consultant.

 

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