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USCIS announces additional extreme vetting measures for "following-to-join" refugees

  1. Date Announced

    Feb. 1, 2018

    As part of the review mandated in Executive Order 13780, USCIS announces new policies for vetting following-to-join refugees. In particular, the changes include "ensuring that following-to-join refugees receive the full baseline interagency screening and vetting checks that other refugees receive" and "vetting certain nationals or stateless persons against classified databases." [ID #31]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Feb. 1, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 16, 2017

    On March 16, 2017, DOS issued the following announcement: "On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13780 suspending visa issuance and entry into the United States. On March 16, 2017, a federal district court for the District of Maryland separately issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Section 2(c) of the same Executive Order. Both are effective immediately. As the Executive Order was not yet in effect, U.S. embassies and consulates continue to process visas for nationals of the six countries as before. The Department will suspend implementation of provisions of the Executive Order as required by the relevant court orders."

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