USA Travel Ban: Information

What is it?
It is an Executive Order from President Donald Trump limiting certain immigration privileges for
nationals from Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.


Why was it introduced?
The Order provides detailed country-specific reasons for the ban. The relevant excerpts for
each nation affected are provided below.

Burma did not comply with the established identity-management and information-
sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.  Burma does not issue electronic
passports nor does it adequately share several types of information, including public-
safety and terrorism-related information, that are necessary for the protection of the
national security and public safety of the United States. Burma’s identified deficiencies
create vulnerabilities that terrorists, criminals, and fraudulent entrants could exploit to
harm United States national security and public safety.

Eritrea does not comply with the established identity-management and information-
sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.  Eritrea does not issue electronic
passports or adequately share several types of information, including public-safety and
terrorism-related information, that are necessary for the protection of the national
security and public safety of the United States.  Further, Eritrea is currently subject to
several nonimmigrant visa restrictions.  Eritrea does not accept return of its nationals
subject to final orders of removal from the United States, which further magnifies the
challenges of removing its nationals who have entered with immigrant visas.

Kyrgyzstan does not comply with the established identity-management and information-
sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.  Kyrgyzstan does not issue
electronic passports or adequately share several types of information, including public-
safety and terrorism-related information, that are necessary for the protection of the
national security and public safety of the United States.  Kyrgyzstan also presents an
elevated risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the United
States

Nigeria does not comply with the established identity-management and information-
sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.  Nigeria does not adequately share
public-safety and terrorism-related information, which is necessary for the protection of
the national security and public safety of the United States.  Nigeria also presents a high
risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the United States. 

Sudan generally does not comply with our identity-management performance metrics
and presents a high risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the
United States.  

Tanzania does not comply with the established identity-management and information-
sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.  Tanzania does not adequately
share several types of information, including public-safety and terrorism-related
information, that is necessary for the protection of the national security and public
safety of the United States.  The Government of Tanzania’s significant failures to
adequately share information with the United States and other countries about possible
Ebola cases in its territory detract from my confidence in its ability to resolve these
deficiencies. Tanzania also presents an elevated risk, relative to other countries in the
world, of terrorist travel to the United States. 

Who does it affect?
Burma – suspended entry of nationals of Burma as immigrant (except as special immigrant
whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US).
Eritrea – suspended entry of nationals of Burma as immigrant (except as special immigrant
whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US).
Kyrgyzstan – suspended entry of nationals of Burma as immigrant (except as special immigrant
whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US).
Nigeria – suspended entry of nationals of Burma as immigrant (except as special immigrant
whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the US).
Sudan – suspend entry of Sudan nationals as Diversity Immigrants.
Tanzania – suspend entry of Tanzanian nationals as Diversity Immigrants.

How does it work?
Starting from the effective date, U.S. sponsors will no longer be able to apply for residency for
nationals of Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. Additionally, nationals of these countries
cannot self-petition for themselves to become residents of the U.S., even if they may have
qualified under certain categories, unless they have been given special permission to apply as a
Special Immigrant who has provided assistance to the U.S.


The restriction placed on Sudan and Tanzania are different and is limited to the Diversity Visa
program. Under this program, the U.S. issues up to 50,000 immigrant visas (with pathway to
permanent residency) a year to countries that have lower numbers of immigrants to the U.S.
the preceding five years. This program was created to promote diversity among immigrants coming to the U.S., by allowing them to enter a lottery for a green card granted without a
sponsor. Going forward, until further notice, nationals of Sudan and Tanzania will not be
qualified to enter this program.

When does it come into effect?
This proclamation was effective at 12:01 am eastern standard time on February 21, 2020
For additional information, please visit the executive order here.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-improving-enhanced-vetting-
capabilities-processes-detecting-attempted-entry/

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