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Secretary of State delegates authority to waive visa bans for certain Burmese nationals

  1. Date Announced

    April 9, 2019

    The Secretary of State delegates to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs authority under Section 5(a)(2) of the JADE Act to waive the visa bans imposed pursuant to Section 5(a)(1) of that Act, which prohibited some members of Burmese military from being eligible for visas. [ID #749]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 9, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: Bureau of Consular Affairs

Prior Policies

  • As part of the JADE Act, the following persons are ineligible for a visa to travel to the United States: (A) Former and present leaders of the SPDC, the Burmese military, or the USDA. (B) Officials of the SPDC, the Burmese military, or the USDA involved in the repression of peaceful political activity or in other gross violations of human rights in Burma or in the commission of other human rights abuses, including any current or former officials of the security services and judicial institutions of the SPDC. (C) Any other Burmese persons who provide substantial economic and political support for the SPDC, the Burmese military, or the USDA. (D) The immediate family members of any person described in subparagraphs (A) through (C). The President may waive the visa ban described in paragraph (1) only if the President determines and certifies in writing to Congress that travel by the person seeking such a waiver is in the national interests of the United States.

    JADE Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–286)

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