Date AnnouncedJan. 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]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeFeb. 21, 2020
Biden Administration ActionJanuary 20, 2021
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.Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.
Biden Administration ActionJanuary 22, 2021
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.Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
The current travel ban, which applies to Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, North Korea, Yemen, and Somalia. ("Travel Ban 3.0"), expanded the restriction of visas to select countries under Executive Order 13769. In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third version of President Trump’s travel ban.DHS Announces Implementation Of Travel Restriction Provisions