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February 2016

Visa Waiver Restrictions Imposed

Filed February 19, 2016 in Temporary Visas, under Legislation , tagged ,
Visa Waiver Program No Entry

Visa Waiver Program No Entry

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed PL 114-113, which places new restrictions on usage of the US Visa Waiver Program (“Terrorist Travel Prevention and Visa Waiver Program Reform”).

These visa waiver restrictions include the following. Dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, and individuals who have traveled to one of those countries since March 1, 2011, can no longer use the Visa Waiver Program, and should obtain a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa at a US consulate abroad well in advance of travel to the US. On February 18, 2016, DHS added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list of “countries of concern.” This addition precludes individuals who have traveled to Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 1, 2011, from using the Visa Waiver Program. However, restrictions on Visa Waiver Program travel will not apply to dual nationals of Libya, Somalia or Yemen at this time.

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