On December 4, the US Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request to allow the latest version of the travel ban to take effect, while government appeals in two court cases are pending. US district courts in the 9th and 4th Circuits enjoined the travel ban, and the Administration appealed both cases. The appeals courts could issue decisions in the coming weeks, and it is widely expected that the US Supreme Court will ultimately decide the ban’s lawfulness and constitutionality.

The new ban imposes indefinite travel (visa) restrictions for nationals from eight countries—Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. The restrictions may prohibit business visitors from getting B visas, and workers and students from getting H1-B and J-1 visas. Unlike prior versions, the latest travel ban tailors the restrictions to each country. Two countries—Syria and North Korea—are subject to bans on the issuance of H1-B and J-1 visas. H1-B visas are restricted for Iran, but J-1 visas are not. Most of the countries on the list are subject to restrictions on B visas.

The travel ban’s effect on GNYHA members will depend on how the Federal government implements the restrictions, including how it interprets certain exceptions and uses its waiver authority. GNYHA continues to monitor developments in the travel ban litigation and is considering participating in the pending litigation as an amicus, as we did in legal challenges to earlier versions of the ban. Please contact Laura Alfredo with any questions.