Tavel Ban Waiver
President Trump’s executive power, the travel ban prohibits all immigrants and certain nonimmigrants from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, and specific individuals from Venezuela from entering the United States. According to Presidential Proclamation 9645, an applicant from one of the countries impacted by the travel ban may qualify for a waiver if he/she can prove that:
1) Denying entry would cause the foreign national undue hardship;
2) Entry would not pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States; and
3) Entry would be in the national interest.
The proclamation specifically states that grant of a waiver is appropriate when the “foreign national seeks to enter the United States to visit or reside with a close family member (e.g., a spouse, child, or parent) who is a United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, or alien lawfully admitted on a valid nonimmigrant visa, and the denial of entry would cause the foreign national undue hardship.”
Explanation of the conditions:
Denying entry would cause the foreign national undue hardship;
· To explain the “hardship” requirement, in a letter from the Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs of DOS to Senator Van Hollen, dated February 22, 2018, DOS indicated that in order to satisfy the undue hardship criterion, the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the consular officer that an unusual situation exists that compels immediate travel by the applicant and that delaying visa issuance and the associated travel plans would defeat the purpose of the travel.
Entry would not pose a threat to the national security or public safety of the United States; and
· Whether one’s entry into the United States would pose a threat to national security or public safety can only be evaluated by the appropriate entities within the U.S. Government. For the second requirement, the applicant must show that “a U.S. person or entity would suffer hardship if the applicant could not travel” to the U.S until the travel ban is lifted.
Entry would be in the national interest.
· Department of States clarified that “the applicant’s travel may be considered in the national interest if the applicant demonstrates to the consular officer’s satisfaction that a U.S. person or entity would suffer hardship if the applicant could not travel until after visa restrictions imposed with respect to nationals of that country are lifted.”
How to apply for the travel ban waiver?
At Herischi law firm, we help the applicant to prepare a comprehensive package to address all the elements of a waiver based on the applicant’s situation.
There would be no waiver form created for the travel ban waiver process, which means that there is no additional fee to review one’s waiver application. The applicant will be expected to apply for the visa as usual, pay all the application fees, and apply for the waiver during one’s visa interview at a U.S. consulate or after. During the interview, our office provide a waiver package to the applicant so it can be submitted at the time of the interview.
Then the embassy has the authority to consider the applicant’s application for waiver and process the visa. If the case is accepted to be consider for waiver, the case will be returned to Washington for evaluation.
Please contact us to evaluate your case for Waiver.