On February 9, 2017, a three judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the injunction ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Robart against President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” remains in effect. Until further action by a court, the order barring implementation of the travel and refugee ban remains in place, and all individuals may apply for visas and admission to the United States without regard to nationality, to include the citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries named in the Executive Order. However, the legal battle is not over, since it is believed that President Trump will pursue further legal action through the court system.
Interpretation and implementation of this Executive Order is constantly changing, not only based on the outcome of various litigation across the country, but also as the result of clarification provided by the various agencies involved.
As a result, we strongly discourage all foreign nationals from any of the seven countries from traveling outside of the U.S. for any reason, to include travel to Canada and/or Mexico. Even short term business trips could result in a bar to entry to the U.S., if the Executive Order is again given effect. As a precaution, lawful permanent residents who are nationals from one of the seven countries should not travel outside the United States, as they may be subjected to significant scrutiny.
We will continue to track any and all new developments regarding President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration and we will make every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date general information.