This week on March 16, 2017, President Trump's latest Executive Order (EO) on immigration will be implemented. It takes the place of the President's earlier immigration EO, which has been suspended by a federal court. This new EO mandates the following:
For the next 90 days, foreign nationals or citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who are outside the United States will not be allowed into the U.S. if they do not have a valid visa and did not have a valid visa at 5:00 P.M. EST on January 27, 2017. The EO does NOT apply to the following people:
- Lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) in Nevada
- Dual nationals in Nevada when traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country
- Foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. after the Executive Order's effective date
- Foreign nationals with a non-visa document that is valid on March 16, 2017 or any date afterwards which allows U.S. travel such as advance parole documentation
- Foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic, C-2, G or NATO visas in Nevada
- People granted asylum or refugee status in Nevada before March 16, 2017
However, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State may grant visas or U.S. entry to nationals of these six countries if the national shows that 1) not entering the U.S. would result in undue hardship, 2) national security is not threatened by the national's entry, and 3) the U.S. national interest would be served by the entry.
Additionally, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program will be halted for 120 days, and no more than 50,000 refugees will be admitted in 2017 (this does not apply refugees who have previously been approved for transit by the U.S. State Department.) Every foreign national is required to have a Nevada visa interview before receiving a visa.
Learn more about Las Vegas Immigration law.