A number of US citizens have already been denied entry into the country due to President Trump's updated Travel ban. The revised Travel Ban Executive Order, also referred to as the “Protecting the American People from Foreign Terrorist Entrapment,” imposes an indefinite ban on the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations into the United States.
The original Travel Ban was imposed at the beginning of January after President Trump became aware that several high-risk countries were providing sanctuary to Islamic terrorists and foreign fighters. These high risk countries were Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. At the time, this ban included North Korea, Iraq, and Syria. Today, all of these countries are included.
The new ban on immigrants is likely to cause chaos in the United States and make it more difficult for US citizens to travel abroad. The restrictions are designed to block terrorism and foreign terrorists entering the United States.
However, the updated Travel Ban makes it difficult for the average citizen to obtain a passport. Passports are not issued to people who have been determined to be a danger to the country, but a person must first be subjected to an interview by the Department of Homeland Security before a passport can be issued.
The updated Travel Ban does not apply to anyone who has been convicted of criminal acts, although the previous restrictions may have made it difficult for people with violent records to travel to the United States. But, it does include all countries, including those that have signed the US Anti-terrorism Act or are on the State Department's List of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. This list includes all countries that have supported international terrorism.
There are certain conditions that are required for an individual to meet these conditions before a passport will be issued. An applicant will need to have a social security number, be at least 18 years old, and have a valid reason for traveling to the United States. It may take up to six months for the applicant to meet these requirements and then the application will be considered for processing.
The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing thousands of applications for passport processing. This process will be delayed if there is not an expedited approval system in place for passports.
For a traveler with a good reason to visit the United States from one of the banned countries, such as business or pleasure, a lawyer or traveler may be able to provide the information needed to meet the requirements for updated travel bans. Travelers should research these options before they leave the country to determine their travel options. Individuals who already have a valid passport, or whose passport has expired but can still be renewed, may still be allowed into the country.
Individuals who do not meet the qualifications for the updated Travel Ban may be required to get a special type of passport. These passports are known as Enhanced Passports and are not subject to the restrictions of the updated Travel Ban.
The Department of Homeland Security has stated that a qualified lawyer will be able to tell an individual whether or not they are eligible for an updated Travel Ban. Although the government says that anyone with a history of international terrorist activity will be barred from entry into the United States, no one can prove this by simply traveling to a country that is on the list of terrorist nations. Therefore, the only way to know if your passport is affected by the new restrictions is to apply for an updated Travel Ban for the United States.
However, many lawyers say that individuals who are applying for a travel Ban for the United States should consider getting an emergency travel visa. because this will allow them to visit the country without having to wait too long for an updated Travel Ban.
If a lawyer advises you to get an emergency travel visa for an updated Travel Ban, be sure to research travel laws before proceeding with your application. You may want to ask if the person has any pending court cases or claims before you take their advice.