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COVID-19: POTUS imposes visa sanctions on countries that refuse to accept return of foreign nationals

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 10, 2020

    COVID-19: POTUS issues memo directing Secretary of State to impose visa sanctions, pursuant to INA § 243(d), on foreign countries that deny or delay the acceptance of its citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents when that delay is impeding DHS's ability to respond to the pandemic. The memo requires DHS Secretary to notify the Secretary of State "if any government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays the acceptance of aliens who are citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents of that country after being asked to accept those aliens, and if such denial or delay is impeding operations of the Department of Homeland Security necessary to respond to the ongoing pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2."

    The memo expires on December 31, 2020, unless extended.

    [ID #841]

    COVID-19 Memorandum on Visa Sanctions
  2. Effective Date

    April 10, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Agencies Affected: DHS DOS

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