Traveling to the US During COVID-19

It is confusing trying to keep up with travel guidelines for entry into the US.  Keeping in mind that the rules change frequently, we have summarized the travel guidelines as of December 8, 2021. First, all travelers, including nonimmigrants, US citizens and legal permanent residents, on airplanes are required to be masked, regardless of vaccination READ MORE

Federal Court Partially Lifts Trump’s Refugee Ban

A federal judge in Seattle partially lifted a ban on refugees imposed by the Trump administration. US District Judge James Roberts decided in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Jewish Family Service on December 23, 2017. In particular, Judge Roberts held that the ban does not apply to refugees who have a READ MORE

Supreme Court Allows Trump’s Travel Ban to Temporarily Take Effect

On December 4, 2017, the US Supreme Court allowed President Trump’s third travel ban to temporarily take effect while it is being challenged in the appeals courts. It issued orders staying two federal district courts’ preliminary injunctions barring the ban. The third travel ban encompasses eight countries – six Muslim majority (Chad, Iran, Libya, Yemen, READ MORE

Federal Court Mostly Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban

A Hawaii federal judge largely blocked the Trump administration’s third travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect against nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Judge Watson blocked the ban for six of the eight countries subject to it and upheld it for North Korea and READ MORE

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Sue over Travel Ban

The winners of the 2017 diversity visa lottery (DV) who are nationals of countries included in Executive Order 13780’s travel ban to the US filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of State’s (DOS) refusal to issue immigrant visas to them. (P.K. v. Tillerson, 8/3/17). The court denied the plaintiffs’ request to compel the DOL to READ MORE

President Trumps New Order on Travel Restrictions

President Trump has issued a new order imposing severe restrictions on travelers from eight countries to the US, ranging from a total ban to more targeted limits. The new rules, which will affect the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on October 18, 2017, and READ MORE