The CCBLC is a network of Canadian lawyers working to help those impacted by the US President’s discriminatory travel ban, in partnership with colleagues in the US and around the world. On January 27, 2017, the US President signed an Executive Order banning entry to the US by individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as all refugees. This travel ban has caused large-scale rights violations and senseless family separation, and left thousands of refugees stranded in desperate circumstances.
BORDER STATUS UPDATE
October 1, 2017
President Trump issued a new Travel Ban on September 24, 2017.
Travel Restriction for Nationals of Eight Countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria,Venezuela, and Yemen
- The new Ban only applies to individuals who are i) outside of the U.S. on the day the new Ban goes into effect, ii) who do not have a valid visa on the day the new Ban goes into effect, and iii) who have not obtained a waiver.
- The new Ban does not apply to:
- Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
- Individuals admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of the new Ban;
- Those with a document other than a visa that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of the new Ban;
- Dual-nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
- Individuals granted asylum;
- Refugees already admitted to the U.S.; or
- Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention against Torture
- Until October 18, 2017, Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen are exempt from the new Ban if they have a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, meaning:
- A close family member living in the U.S.,
- An offer of employment in the U.S., and/or
- An admission to study in the U.S.
- After October 18, 2017, there is no "bona fide relationship" exemption.