Community Advisory on New Muslim Ban

Dear Community Members,

President Trump is at it again. On Sunday, September 24, he issued a new Muslim Ban. Every version of the Muslim Ban has faced opposition by the courts and the American people. Below we explain the impact of the new ban and how you can get legal help if you or someone you know is affected.  

Immediate Impact

As of September 24, 2017, all foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, who do NOT have a bona fide relationship to a U.S. family member or entity CANNOT enter the United States. But nationals from these countries with a close family member living in the U.S., an acceptance letter to study in the U.S., or an offer of employment in the U.S. CAN enter the U.S. until October 17, 2017. This is known, as the “bona fide relationship” exception.

Starting October 18, 2017

The “bona fide relationship exception” will expire and the new Muslim Ban will take full effect. These exceptions may differ for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. An immigrant visa allows foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to get a green card and reside in the U.S. permanently. A nonimmigrant visa is a temporary visa issued to a foreign national for a particular purpose such as tourism, business, or study. The text below outlines how the restrictions will impact the entry of individuals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Yemen, starting October 18, 2017.  

Chad, Libya, and Yemen: All immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended from entering the U.S.

Iran: Immigrant and nonimmigrant entry will be suspended for Iranian nationals except for individuals with a student visa (F Visa), exchange program visa (J Visa) or vocational visa (M Visa). Individuals with a F, J, or M visas will be subject to enhanced screening.

Somalia: Immigrant visas are suspended for Somali nationals. Non-immigrant visas are permitted, but will be subjected to heightened screening.

Syria and North Korea: All immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. is suspended.

Venezuela: Government officials and immediate family members of individuals involved in Venezuela’s screening and vetting procedures cannot enter on nonimmigrants business (B-1), tourist (B-2) and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas. Nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders are subject to additional measures.

Who is NOT impacted:

-Citizens and Green card holders

-Individuals with two passports (dual nationals) if they are traveling using a passport from a country not included on the above list

-Any foreign national who has been granted asylum in the United States

-Any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States

-Any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT)

-No changes were made in the new Muslim Ban that impact refugees. There continues to be a 120-day ban for all refugees who do not have a bona fide family relationship until October 24, 2017.

What can I do now?

You can contact our organization if:
-You or someone you know is impacted by this executive order and would like legal advice or assistance
-Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve.

In solidarity,

Your team at CAIR-Alabama