Here’s How the Muslim Ban 2.0 Will Affect Travelers

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On March 16th, the new executive order, often referred to as the Muslim Ban 2.0, goes into effect. It halts refugee resettlement and bars entry to visitors from six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The following chart from Muslim Advocates explains how nationals of these countries will be affected:

It is also important to note:

  • Individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will generally not be able to enter the United States for at least 90 days. This may be extended in the future.
  • People traveling to or from these nations or who have strong connections to them should consult with an immigration attorney before traveling.
  • There are exceptions for lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), travelers who already have a visa, and for dual-nationals with citizenship in a country that is not banned. There is a case-by-case waiver process administered by a consular officer or the United States Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.
  • While Iraq has been removed from the list of banned countries, the executive order does call for extreme vetting and additional inquiries for Iraqi nationals seeking entry into the United States.
  • Refugees from any country will generally not be admitted for 120 days. Refugees who already are scheduled to enter the country will be allowed to do so. There is a case-by-case waiver process administered by Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • There are various lawsuits and filed legal actions from several state attempting to halt the ban.
  • Permanent residents may be excluded from entry on other grounds.
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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.