The U.S. is lifting its travel ban for foreign nationals who have previously visited five countries, adding Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela as safe zones

Americans should know before they travel in a foreign country that their rights will be protected. The U.S. announced today that the travel ban for foreigners entering the U.S. will be lifted for foreign…

The U.S. is lifting its travel ban for foreign nationals who have previously visited five countries, adding Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela as safe zones

Americans should know before they travel in a foreign country that their rights will be protected. The U.S. announced today that the travel ban for foreigners entering the U.S. will be lifted for foreign nationals who have previously visited five countries, adding Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela as safe zones.

“Through this measure, the U.S. Government no longer requires a visa for nationals of certain countries, except for those with significant information needs, or who are determined to be a public safety or terrorism threat,” the announcement stated.

Visitors must still go through a background check process for each stop in the U.S. if they are returning to the country of their original visit. After traveling to the U.S., a traveler must wait 72 hours and then request a re-entry visa for the stop of their initial trip.

This new rule applies to:

Refugees, unlike visitors, must go through a security screening and ongoing security vetting process

A valid visa must be issued within 14 days of travel

A student visiting the U.S. must be at least 18 years old

Detainees in immigration custody must be within 24 hours of release from an immigration detention facility

A refugee recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees must be transferred to a holding facility within 72 hours of arrival

A return tourist holding within 24 hours, with all applicable documents

USCIS has released a list of select countries that it has identified as countries of concern. This list is below. The new measures do not apply to everyone entering the country because there is still enforcement of the screening process.

Nonimmigrant Visa Holders to Visit USA and Exempt Countries

No visa necessary:

1. Travel and Health Services Requirement: Undocumented visitors holding a valid visa must seek an updated travel authorization within 21 days of their date of entry.

2. Check-in Fee: International travelers also must have an updated pre-approval or check-in fee before arriving in the United States for common visa requirements such as immigration, health, or biometric security screenings. Foreign visitors must contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection at 1-877-4-X-VISIT for information about the applicable fee for visa applications.

3. Multi-national Travel and Insurance Requirements: Returning international travelers without special events event organizers must show insurance waivers and diplomatic or diplomatic passports or other similar documentation. Related documentation is also required when traveling to an educational institution or place of work in the United States.

4. Repeat Travel Application Requirements: Returning international travelers must apply for a new United States visa before their initial visit to the United States in order to obtain an extension.

5. Visitor Visa Renewal Authorization: All visitors who already have a valid visa must reapply for renewal at the U.S. Embassy in their destination country within four months of travel for any reason. Travelers also must renew their original visa for a two-year term. When they do so, the travelers must provide supporting documentation.

Formerly Bans Ease

“These new temporary measures will bring the United States into alignment with countries which share American values on free expression, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” the announcement stated. “The U.S. will assess countries’ inclusion in the List of Countries of Concern and grant or deny entry under our system of global scrutiny, which takes into account traveler information and national security considerations.

The United States’ enforcement of these measures will be designed to ensure that our national security is being respected while still welcoming the talented, the best and the brightest to the United States.”

#Welcomeback

http://www.newsweek.com/us-returns-to-nation-of-travel-voluntary-petitions-now-required/4580789

Roger Cressey is a former top counterterrorism official for the White House National Security Council.

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