Original Date AnnouncedJanuary 31, 2020
The President announces an expansion of the Travel Ban to include immigrant visa restrictions on six additional countries: Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgystan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. [ID #774]Trump administration adds six new countries to travel ban
Effective DateFebruary 21, 2020
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
August 1, 2022
N.D. Cal Order on Muslim Ban
On August 1, 2022, a Northern District of California judge ruled in favor of a group of individuals who were denied waivers under the nationality-based travel bans issued by the Trump administration. The court noted that the waiver process had already caused the individuals harm, and that they would face additional hardships if forced to start their visa applications from scratch. The court ordered the Biden administration to work with the impacted individuals to ensure that their rejected or stalled visa applications are reconsidered.
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**View Document
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedJanuary 20, 2021
Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.
This Biden administration policy rescinds in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation lifting two nationality-based travel bans issued by the Trump administration: the 2017 travel ban affecting nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, and the 2020 ban affecting nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
The proclamation charges DOS with creating a plan for immigrant visas denied under the ban to be reconsidered and ensuring that visa applicants are not prejudiced by prior denials under the bans if they re-apply for a visa.View Document
Biden Administration Action: Under StudyJanuary 22, 2021
Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
Pursuant to President Biden’s proclamation, the State Department will undertake a review to ensure that individuals whose immigrant visa applications were denied on the basis of the suspension and restriction on entry imposed by P.P. 9645 or 9983 may have their applications reconsidered. This review will consider whether to reopen immigrant visa applications that were denied due to the suspension and restriction on entry imposed by P.P. 9645 or 9983; whether it is necessary to charge an additional fee to process those visa applications; and development of a plan to expedite consideration of those visa applications.View Document
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedMarch 10, 2021
2021.03.21 Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
After conducting a 45-day review (noted above), the State Department announced that it would no longer summarily deny visa applicants of noncitizens from the 13 countries named in Proclamations 9645 and 9983. Applicants previously denied before under the Trump Administration Proclamations can submit applications for reconsideration.View Document
Biden Administration Action: OtherJanuary 19, 2022
2022.01.19 Immigrant Visa Fee Exemption for Applicants Previously Refused under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
On January 21, 2022, the State Department announced that applicants for immigrant visas who had already paid an application fee in conjunction with a previous application denied solely due to Presidential Proclamation 9645 or 9983 are exempted from paying a new application fee or affidavit of support fee. This policy applies to individuals who originally applied for an immigrant visa between December 8, 2017 and January 19, 2020.View Document
Current StatusNot in effectJanuary 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationJanuary 22, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationMarch 10, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationJanuary 19, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration