The President of the United States first signed executive order 13769 on January 27, 2017 that affected travelers from seven countries. That order was temporarily suspended by a federal court and has been waiting a decision on its legality. On March 6, 2017, the President signed a new executive order that affects travelers from six countries.
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A federal judge has placed a stay on the travel ban impacting citizens and nationals of Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. New students and scholars from these countries should apply for visas as soon as possible. Current students and scholars in the United States should still refrain from traveling outside of the United States unless it is an emergency. The ban does not apply to the following individuals:
- U.S. lawful permanent residents in possession of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or temporary I-551 stamp
- Holders of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that was either approved prior to 5:00 eastern standard time January 27, 2017, or valid as of March 6, 2017
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are always considered U.S. citizens)
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and another country not on the list of 6, who will enter the United States on the basis of a valid passport issued by the country not on the list of 6
Individuals who are citizens of one of the 6 countries and do not fall within one of the above-listed exceptions would be subject to the new entry bar.
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