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DHS imposes visa sanctions on Laos and Burma (Myanmar) for failure to accept nationals.

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 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
  2. Effective Date

    July 9, 2018
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    February 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.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
February 7, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: CBP Bureau of Consular Affairs


Trump-Era Policy Documents
Biden Administration Policy Documents

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