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POTUS issues Presidential Proclamation 9983, adding six new countries to Travel Ban

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 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
  2. Effective Date

    February 21, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    January 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.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    January 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.

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  6. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    March 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.

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  7. Biden Administration Action: Other

    January 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.

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Current Status

Not in effect
January 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
January 22, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
March 10, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
January 19, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS Bureau of Consular Affairs

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • June 29, 2017

    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


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