New Travel Ban Suspends Immigrant Visa Issuance to Six Countries

January 31, 2020

On January 31, 2020 a new Presidential Proclamation expanded the travel ban to six additional countries.  Only immigrant visas are impacted by this new order – non-immigrant visa (including F, J, H-1B, etc.) issuance and/or travel is not affected.  Starting February 21, 2020 foreign nationals from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), and Nigeria will not be issued most types of immigrant visas.  Under the same order, foreign nationals from Sudan and Tanzania will not be issued Diversity Lottery immigrant visas. Current lawful permanent residents and those holding immigrant visas who have not yet entered the United States are exempt from the proclamation.  Please reach out to your HIO advisor with any questions.