Original Date AnnouncedJuly 10, 2018
DHS and DOS announce visa sanctions on Burma (Myanmar) and Laos for refusing to accept their citizens whom the United States is trying to remove. The sanctions deny B-1, B-2, and B1/B2 visas to certain government officials and their families, among other restrictions. [ID #730]DHS News Release: DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions
Effective DateJuly 9, 2018
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedFebruary 7, 2022
2022.02.07 Immigrant Visas
This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On February 7, 2022, the Secretary of State authorized the lifting of most sanctions on U.S. visa issuance to citizens of Laos. Visa sanctions remain in place for certain officials of the Lao PDR government pending cooperation with the United States with respect to accepting Lao PDR nationals designated for removal from the United States. In addition, the 2018 visa sanctions on Burma (Myanmar) remain in place.View Document