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New conditions for entry to the USA

**Update 06/02/17 -  A US federal judge has overruled the executive order banning the entry of certain citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  Until further notice, citizens of these countries can enter the USA as long as they hold a valid visa.

The USA has implemented new restrictions on entry to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

As a result of recently negotiated individual government agreements, citizens of Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada who hold dual citizenship with one of the seven affected countries will be able to travel to the USA provided they obtain the appropriate visa. 

These restrictions will be in place until the end of April 2017 with the possibility of extension.  New visa applications are also likey to take longer to process at this time.

Who can enter the USA?

1. Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada with a valid visitor visa to enter the USA.

2. Citizens of visa waiver countries holding a valid ESTA

3. For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US citizens or permanent residents.

4. For the next 90 days: On a case-by-case basis, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US Green Card holders. 

Who cannot enter the USA?

1. For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada.

2. These dual citizens listed above who do not have a valid visa to enter the USA.

3. For the next 120 days: Any refugees from any nation.

4. Indefinitely: Refugees from Syria.

Need more information?

For more details on the specific application of these new restrictions, please refer to:

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

The USA Customs and Border Protection website.

The USA Department of State website.

The US Embassy and Consulates website.