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US Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban
 
On September 24th, President Trump issued a Proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”  This new proclamation expanded and extended the previous “travel ban.”  Subsequently, lower courts had issued injunctions preventing the new version of the ban from going into full effect, and on November 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order that partially upheld a lower’ court’s injunction. 
 
The Ninth Circuit decision had allowed the travel ban to be enforced, except with respect to those who have “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”  Yesterday the Supreme Court announced that the injunction is stayed completely, without the exception previously imposed by the Ninth Circuit, while the case is pending litigation on the merits to determine whether all or part of the ban is unconstitutional and should be permanently enjoined.
 
Effective Date
 
The ban may now be enforced, starting today, though the Administration may allow a few days lead-time before beginning full enforcement.  The restrictions are in place indefinitely, though the proclamation provides that countries may be removed from the list upon meeting certain criteria listed in the proclamation with respect to “identity-management information”,  “national security and public-safety information”, and “national security and public-safety risk assessment.”
Who Is Impacted?
 
The proclamation can now be enforced as indicated in the chart below and no exception is provided for those with “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”. 
 
Scope of Restrictions and Possible Waivers
 
The proclamation generally applies to foreign nationals referenced above who are outside the United States on the effective date and do not have a valid visa on the effective date.   Those who are impacted and do not fall under one of the exceptions may apply for a waiver.  The proclamation directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to “coordinate to adopt guidance addressing the circumstances in which waivers may be appropriate for foreign nationals seeking entry as immigrants or nonimmigrants.” 

Waivers may be granted “only if a foreign national demonstrates to the consular officer’s or CBP official’s satisfaction” each of the following elements:
  1. Denying entry would cause the foreign national undue hardship;
  2. Entry would not pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States; and
  3. Entry would be in the national interest. 
Individuals who secure a waiver must still demonstrate that they meet all other requirements of the requested visa category.
 
Case-by-Case Consultations Recommended
 
The proclamation allows for case-by-case waivers and provides examples of circumstances wherein a waiver may be appropriate, though categorical waivers are disallowed
 

OPEC Extension Sends Oil Prices Soaring

OPEC Extension Sends Oil Prices Soaring

 


As expected, OPEC agreed to extend its production cut deal through to the end of 2018. The initial reaction from oil prices was muted, but once fears of a selloff had pa...

Trump Tower launched in Kolkata; developers aim Rs 700 crore sales

The iconic Trump Tower comprising 140 ultra-luxury apartments has been  launched in Kolkata and its Indian developers are expecting to garner around Rs 700 crore in sales...

THE AFRICAN AIRLINES ASSOCIATION (AFRAA) HAS NAMED FORMER AIR BURKINA AND AIR MALI CEO ABDERAHMANE BERTHÉ AS SECRETARY GENERAL, SUCCEEDING ELIJAH CHINGOSHO.

Berthé’s appointment was formalized during the association’s  annual general assembly  (AGA) in Kigali, Rwanda, and will take effect from January. Chingosho has held the po...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:15 )

HCC Wins Math Curriculum Award

           HOUSTON [November 20, 2017] – Houston Community College has been honored with a   2017 MATH Pathway Exemplar  Award for Excellence.  The award was in the category ...

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 November 2017 23:36 )


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