January 2017
Advisory on President Trump's Executive Order Suspending Entry of Foreign Nationals

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Executive Order suspends the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants from the following seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for a minimum period of 90 days and suspends all refugee admissions for at least 120 days. The Executive Order also suspends other adjudicatory immigration benefits in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.

Although certain parts of the Executive Order have been temporarily enjoined by federal courts, and are subject to further litigation, the travel ban and adjudications suspension remain in place and are being enforced.

For these reasons, we are advising that individuals presently in the United States who are nationals of one of the seven countries should refrain from all international travel until the order is rescinded or modified. Additionally, as the Executive Order expressly states that other countries may be added to the list, we also recommend that non-U.S. citizens who might fall under the purpose of the order avoid international travel. Although certain immigration benefits requests may be delayed, we recommend employers and individuals continue to file immigration benefits applications as before.

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