Did you know that our Government has given 191 countries new travel standards that may result in a travel ban on people from countries that fail to cooperate with these standards?  As promised, President Trump’s Administration is implementing tougher policies to control the flow of people into our country. Our attention over the past several months has been on the temporary travel ban facing people from the six Muslim-majority countries and refugees.  However, a more far-reaching travel ban is quietly taking shape that could impact your family and friends from your country of birth. 

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order # 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”  This Order requires 191 countries to meet new standards for sharing information with our Government for the purpose of protecting our national and public safety interests.  Countries that fail to comply with these new standards will be sanctioned, i.e., a travel ban will be issued against such countries. Travelers from such countries will not be allowed to enter the U.S.  This is a very serious consequence that may impact your family and friends.

Under the Executive Order, countries have 50 days to begin sharing more information with our Government or submit a credible plan for doing so.  The clock has started ticking.  On July 12, 2017, our State Department issued a cable to all U.S. consulates around the world providing guidance on how to implement this new policy.  Our Government intends on verifying the identity of all foreign travelers and immigration applicants to ensure that travelers do not pose a threat to our security or public safety.  Under the new standards, countries are required to take the following actions:

  1. issue electronic passports that include a facial biometric image that conform to certain standards;

  2. regularly report lost and stolen passports;

  3. provide additional requested information about travelers, including more biographical and biometric data;

  4. give us information about individuals it knows or, has reasonable grounds to believe, are terrorists;

  5. and more.

The practical implication of these new standards is clear: noncomplying countries face a travel ban on their citizens. Fewer travelers will enter the U.S. if their home country does not step up and comply with our Government’s stricter standards.  The Law Office of LaToya N. McBean will continue to follow these developments and keep you informed about which countries face a travel ban for failing to comply with these new standards.

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Call me at (718) 301-9732 to schedule a consultation or visit my website at http://www.lnmcbeanlaw.com/consultations.

The Law Office of LaToya N. McBean is a solo immigration law office in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, New York. The firm helps people who are facing complex immigration problems involving permanent residency, visas and citizenship/naturalization. Attorney McBean defends clients in removal (deportation) and on appeal. She also prepares solid waivers for people who are inadmissible because of criminal offenses, fraud or other grounds of inadmissibility. We are equipped to serve clients in all 50 states.

The information provided in this post is solely for general information purposes only. It should not be construed as a communication of legal advice or opinion. Further, this information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Attorney advertisement.

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