Travel Ban Waivers
By NATALIE GHAYOUMI MAR. 7, 2018
So is there such a thing as a waiver for those applying to migrate to the United States from the countries that Trump has banned?
Trump administration has repeatedly stated that there are waivers for visa applicants, who have family members in the United States and are applying from countries that fall in the category of the Muslim ban, however, according to National Iranian American Council (NIA), as of March 6, 2018, “only two such travel ban waivers have been issued by Feb. 15 — out of 8,406 visa applications from ‘banned countries'” (https://www.niacouncil.org/niac-outraged-revelation-non-existent-waiver-process-muslim-ban/).
The State Department holds that the decision to issue waivers is a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of each officer reviewing the case. NIA wrote on March 6, 2018 ” according to the State Department letter, out of more than 6,000 applicants whose applications were not refused for issues unrelated to the Proclamation, only 2 were ultimately approved for a waiver as of February 15. The State Department now says that 100 waivers have since been issued – meaning still less than one tenth of one percent of applicants have received waivers.”
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