Presidential Proclamation Enhances Vetting Process

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On September 24, 2017, President Trump signed a new presidential proclamation laying out additional and revised travel restrictions to the United States. CBS News reports that, “officials said restrictions will apply to Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, which have all been deemed to have "inadequate" identity-management protocols, information-sharing practices, and risk factors.” Limitations and restrictions on travel and immigration will apply differently to foreign nationals from each of the nations mentioned.

According to the proclamation itself, titled Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats, the Department of Homeland Security conducted assessments of over 200 nations in efforts to evaluate their identity management practices, security risks, public-safety threats, their unique national security issues, and protocol when issuing travel documents, sharing information with other nations, and measures being taken to combat terrorism. In terms of identity-management information, national security and public-safety information, and national security and public-safety risk assessment, the proclamation says “[t]he Secretary of Homeland Security identified 16 countries as being "inadequate" based on an analysis of their identity-management protocols, information-sharing practices, and risk factors. Thirty-one additional countries were classified ‘at risk’ of becoming ‘inadequate’ based on those criteria.”

According to the proclamation, the scope and implementation of suspensions and limitations will apply to foreign nationals of the aforementioned 8 countries THAT are outside the U.S., are not in possession of a valid visa, or whose visas have been cancelled or revoked for reasons excluding the restrictions imposed by Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S.

If you are at all concerned that these new travel and immigration restrictions will directly and negatively affect you, do not wait to contact our Cleveland immigration attorneys at Sintsirmas & Mueller Co., L.P.A. Get in touch with us by calling (888) 491-8870 or schedule a confidential consultation to find out how we can help you navigate your immigration matters.