Original Date AnnouncedFebruary 29, 2020
POTUS issues 8 U.S.C. sec. 212(f) proclamation, suspending the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants who were present in Iran within 14 days preceding their entry into the United States, exempting some noncitizens, including lawful permanent residents (LPRs), spouses of U.S. citizens and LPRs, and others.
[ID #836]Proclamation Suspending Entry COVID - Iran
Effective DateFebruary 29, 2020
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
October 5, 2021
Kinsley v. Blinken, No. 21-962 (JEB) (D.D.C., Oct. 5, 2021).
On October 5, 2021, Judge Boasberg granted summary judgment to nine plaintiffs (who had standing and whose claims were not moot), stating that the State Department "acted improperly in suspending visa issuance based on the Proclamations."
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**View Document
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedMay 27, 2021
2021.05.27 National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 27, 2021, the State Department expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to the ban on travelers from Iran. The following groups may now qualify for NIEs: "travelers. . . seeking to provide vital support or executive direction for critical infrastructure; those traveling to provide vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States; journalists; students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs; immigrants; and fiancés."View Document
Trump-Era Policy Documents