With the recent Executive Order from President Trump suspending the admission of certain people from entering the U.S. for a period of 90-days, we have been working around the clock to gather more information to better assist you in understanding the full impact of this EO.
Our Envoy-affiliated attorneys are advising those who are citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to cease travel outside of the United States. Even if you have abandoned your citizenship in one of the countries listed but were born there and/or have recently traveled through those regions, it is prudent to remain in the U.S. until the Trump administration has provided more insight into how these policies will be implemented on a long-term basis. There are also secondary inspections taking place at major international airport hubs such as Abu Dhabi where you can get the pre-clearance necessary to enter the United States.
Although the Trump administration recently stated this ban will not apply to people who have obtained permanent residency (i.e. a green card), we have heard reports that the airline and/or the CBP have been forcing people to sign a form (I-407) which has the effect of making them abandon their permanent residency. If this happens to you or someone you know, do not sign. Request a hearing in front of an immigration judge immediately and invoke your right to an attorney.
For Envoy customers
If you are traveling and the CBP does detain you while trying to reenter, they will take your phone. You should have a friend or family member available whom you can text when you land and to meet you at the terminal. If you are not able to leave the terminal within two hours, have your friend or family member contact Envoy letting us know of your travel plans so we can reach out to volunteer attorneys at each airport who may be able to help.
Envoy will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 2nd to help address the following:
About the Presenter:
Jake Kanyusik, an attorney from Global Immigration Associates (a law firm affiliated with Envoy), has built and submitted hundreds of nonimmigrant and immigrant work visa petitions. He has extensive experience handling B, E, H, L, O and TN visa cases, employment-based green cards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Requests for Evidence.
The ACLU has advised that anyone who is stuck at an international airport and can’t get on a flight back to the U.S. should call the ACLU at 415-621-2488.
Here is another resource with helpful information.
CBP also posted a Q&A
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*We are closely monitoring all immigration related news and will keep our customers apprised of all developments that could impact their employees.