What You Need to Know About “Muslim Ban 3.0”

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Dear Community Members, As-Salaam Alaykum!

President Trump issued Muslim Ban 3.0 (“MB-3”) on Sunday, September 24th. We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out, but some general information based on what we know now is included below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court. Please check back with our office/website frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Timing

The Trump administration’s announcement of MB-3 came on the same date part of its prior Executive Order from March 6th (“MB-2”) was due to expire. Despite the Trump administration’s argument that the nation is better positioned to determine whether foreign nationals pose a security threat with MB-2, it still issued MB-3, which extended the travel restrictions to five of the six nations on the original Executive Order while imposing new restrictions on three new nations: North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela (see below for more details). Earlier today, the Supreme Court canceled oral arguments scheduled for next month because MB-3 may have implications on the case presently before the Court. Notwithstanding, this move leaves in place an earlier Supreme Court stay that blocked much of the MB-2. This allows immigrants and refugees with a “bona fide relationship” to still enter the United States or apply for a visa until October 18, 2017 when MB-3 will go into effect.

Muslim Ban Infographic

Who Will Be Impacted?

Travel Restriction for Nationals of Eight Countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen

General limitations

  • MB-3 only applies to individuals:
    • outside of the U.S. on the day MB-3 goes into effect, and
    • who do not have a valid visa on the day MB-3 goes into effect, and
    • who have not obtained a waiver under Section 3(c).
  • MB-3 does not apply to:
    • Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
    • Individuals admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of MB-3;
    • Those with a document other than a visa that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of MB-3;
    • Dual-nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
    • Individuals granted asylum;
    • Refugees already admitted to the U.S.; or
    • Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention against Torture
  • Until October 18, 2017, Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen are exempt from MB-3 if they have a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, meaning:
    • A close family member living in the U.S.,
    • An offer of employment in the U.S., and/or
    • An admission to study in the U.S.

Previously-impacted countries – restrictions effective immediately:

  • Iran
    • Effective immediately, immigrant and nonimmigrant entry are suspended for Iranian nationals except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity OR for those with F, J, or M visas.
    • Those with F, J, or M visas will most likely be subject to “enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Libya
    • Effective immediately, immigrants and nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended except those with a bona fide relationship to the U.S.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Somalia
    • Effective immediately, immigrant visas are suspended for Somali nationals, except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
    • Non-immigrant visas are permitted, subjected to heightened screening.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Syria
    • Effective immediately, immigrant and nonimmigrant entry is suspended for Syrian nationals, except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Sudan
    • Sudan was removed from the list of restricted countries in MB-3.
    • Sudanese visa holders who were impacted by earlier Muslim Bans should now be able to reapply for visa.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Yemen
    • Effective immediately, all immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended, unless the visa holder has a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.

Newly Impacted Countries

  • Chad
    • Effective October 18, 2017, all immigrant visas and with nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended from entering the U.S.
  • North Korea
    • Effective October 18, 2017, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders are suspended from entering the U.S.
  • Venezuela
    • Effective October 18, 2017, the entry of officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members, as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended. Additionally, nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders are subject to additional measures.
    • Per Section 3(b)(v) of MB-4, certain Venezuelans traveling on diplomatic visas are not affected by this order.

Refugee Program

  • No changes were made in the MB-3 order that impact refugees.
  • There continues to be a 120-day halt of the entire refugee program, which started on March 16, 2017.
  • Refugees with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity are exempt from the ban.
  • Currently, a formal assurance from a refugee resettlement agency is insufficient on its own to establish a bona fide relationship. This matter is under appeal.
  • The number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. for fiscal year 2017 is reduced to 50,000.

We remain committed to challenging this Ban (follow #NoMuslimBanEver / nomuslimbanever.com) and protecting the communities we serve.

On Friday, CAIR urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new Muslim ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts. #NoMuslimBanEver

Here in Philadelphia we work with our allies to stand against the Administration’s hateful policies and discourses against Muslims and racial minorities. Any cosmetic changes by the administration will not change the fact that we will stand against this problematic, short-sighted and unethical last move.

If your right to travel and free practice of religion is restricted, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Civil Rights department at 267.515.6712. We stand ready to fight for your rights.

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