In light of this highly fluid situation and the potential for the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the President to take additional, unanticipated actions to limit admission of foreign nationals into the United States, we are advising the following:
AILA has received the following clarifications from DHS. However, reports from AILA members indicate that policies are not being implemented consistently on the ground. Please note that the situation is fluid, and may change at any time.
AILA has learned that as of the evening of January 27, 2017, all U.S. embassies and consular posts were instructed to immediately suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. A, G, NATO, C-2 and C-3 visas are exempt from the suspension.
These regulations are significant because they may only be changed by following the formal Administrative Procedures Act process. This is significant in light of President-elect Trump’s campaign pledge to reverse many of President Obama’s immigration initiatives.
50,000 permanent resident visas will be issued by the U.S. Department of State. The State Department will ONLY accept Entry Forms found at: www.dvlottery.state.gov. You must submit your application between noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 7, 2016. The form may ONLY be submitted electronically. Applicants with more than one entry will be disqualified.