You have probably heard about the Trump administration travel ban in the news a lot this year. In January 2017, the administration implemented the ban but has faced several hurdles since then. There has been a halt on the ban multiple times, and the restrictions on travel have undergone several changes.
However, on December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court has let the controversial restrictions go into full effect for the time being. But you should know that the ban is different than the original one. Read below for the details on what this means for travelers from eight countries.
What the Supreme Court decision means
Now that the Supreme Court is allowing the administration to fully enact the third version of its travel ban, citizens of eight countries will have trouble entering the United States. The countries are:
- North Korea
There are many details to the travel restrictions, but people in most of these countries will not be able to permanently emigrate to the United States. Many citizens of these eight countries will also have difficulty studying, vacationing or working in the country.
How this travel ban is different from previous attempts
Unlike previous attempts from the Trump administration, this travel ban does not have an end date. It can be in effect until the government chooses to remove or add countries from it. The Supreme Court may also eventually find that the ban is unconstitutional, which could put it in jeopardy again. This version of the ban also allows certain people with work visas to travel to the United States, and it includes two countries that are not predominantly Muslim. Only foreign airports and embassies will implement the ban – not airports in the United States.
As you can see, the restrictions are slightly different, but the fact that the ban is in effect is still troubling for many people. If the ban affects you or someone you know, make sure you consult an immigration attorney for help.