Update on 90-Day Travel Ban


Release Date: Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
You may recall that President Trump earlier this year had two Executive Orders challenged in the court regarding a 90-day travel ban giving the Department of State time to properly vet travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen before awarding them visas.  Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld the modified travel ban.  To allay your concerns, this means that individuals from any one of those countries who have a “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States” will be able to enter the country.  A bona fide relationship would include students enrolled in a University or anyone who may have work authorization such as H-1B or F1 OPT/STEM with a U.S. company or institution.  And, as before, legal permanent residents are exempt from the ban. 
 
ISFS recommends that employees who are from any of those countries here on a visa that allows work authorization take, when traveling, documentation that confirms the relationship such as a valid visa and certainly the H-1B visa petition approval notice (I-797).  These documents should serve as evidence to support the bona fide relationship.   B visitors should be prepared to establish the specific reason and relationship with the U.S. entity and be ready to answer questions.
 
Our office will continue to monitor this on your behalf.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.