Updated January 29, 2017 – 0930 PST.
On Friday, January 28, 2017, President Trump signed what has been called the “extreme vetting” Executive Order. The Order – among other things – bars immigration from citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
We have learned that citizens of those countries – including lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and those with visas – have already been denied entry to the United States. If you are from one of those countries, do not leave the United States. The N.Y. Daily News has reported that as of 10:30 pm last night, LPRs and visa holders from the impacted nations had already been denied entry to the U.S.
Given the rapidly-developing situation, we advise all immigrants to postpone foreign travel – even if you are not from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
The White House has subsequently updated its policy and stated that lawful permanent residents will not be banned. A Federal District Court has also temporarily stayed parts of the policy, but does not strike down the Executive Order.