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Secretary of State excepts activities related to Kataeb militias from terrorism related inadmissibility grounds under INA 212(a)(3)(B)(i)

  1. Date Announced

    April 29, 2019

    The Secretary of State determined as a matter of discretion that noncitizens seeking visas will generally not be barred for terrorist activities under INA § 212(a)(3)(B)(i) “for any activity or association relating to the Kataeb militias.” [ID #753]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 19, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: ICE USCIS Bureau of Consular Affairs

Prior Policies

  • Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with INA 219. Tier I terrorist organizations are: (1) a foreign organization, (2) that engages in terrorist activity, as defined in INA 212(a)(3)(B), or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism, and (3) the organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

    USCIS TRIG information page

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