The U.S. Visas/U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs posted this important Announcement about visas for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
An order issued by a U.S. District Court in Washington state on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The Department of State had, under the Executive Order, provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of those seven countries. That provisional revocation is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible. Individuals whose visas are expired, or were physically cancelled, must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, absent a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decision to grant parole or waive the visa requirement at the port of entry. We are looking further into this issue and will revise this site with any updates.
Pursuant to the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States signed on January 27, 2017, the Department of State temporarily stopped scheduling appointments and halted processing of immigrant visa applications for individuals who are nationals or dual nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The National Visa Center cancelled all scheduled immigrant visa interviews for these applicants scheduled in February 2017. The National Visa Center or U.S. Embassy will contact those affected to reschedule interview appointments.
The National Visa Center will continue to work on in-process cases for these applicants up to the point of the interview. You should continue to paycollect fees, complete your Form DS-260 immigrant visa applications, and submit your financial and civil supporting documents to NVC. NVC will review your case file and can qualify your case for an appointment.
We are working closely with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and we will provide further updates as soon as information is available.
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