February 1, 2017– Many non-US citizens are understandably anxious in light of the Executive Order released on January 27 that suspends travel for certain non-immigrants, green card holders and refugees.
On Tuesday (1/31), the U.S. Embassy in Dublin released a statement that provides additional clarity regarding the Executive Order signed on January 27th relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees. The U.S. Embassy statement can be read at the following link: https://ie.usembassy.gov/updated-information-u-s-executive-order-protecting-nation-terrorist-attacks-foreign-nationals/.
The statement indicates that the Executive Order does not affect dual nationals that hold a passport from one of the 7 restricted countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen) and an unrestricted country, such as Ireland. Additionally, the Executive Order does not make any changes to the Visa Waiver Program at this time but continues the restrictions for individuals who have travelled to any of the 7 designated countries, mentioned above, since March 2011.
The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) and its member centers encourage Irish citizens who are dual nationals and/or who have visited one of the 7 countries included in travel ban on or after March 2011 to continue to monitor the U.S. Embassy in Dublin website (ie.usembassy.gov), the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website (www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/) and CIIC on Twitter (@IrishCoalition) for any updated information.
CIIC advises that implementation of this outlined policy on the ground may not be immediate. If individuals who fall into the above categories experience any difficulty, CIIC recommends contacting an immigration attorney, and/or contacting your local Irish Immigration Center with any questions or concerns: http://ciic-usa.org/find-your-local-irish-center/
ABOUT THE COALITION OF IRISH IMMIGRATION CENTERS
The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The CIIC is funded by a generous grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme.
The Coalition serves as a national umbrella organization representing Irish immigration and community centers throughout the United States that are committed to providing support to Irish immigrants. The Coalition strives to be a strong, cohesive and representative voice for the needs of its member centers, and in turn the greater community of Irish immigrants in the US. The Coalition prioritizes the sharing of information and the creation of best practices as a way to support and assist its member centers in their direct service work. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
To learn more about CIIC visit, www.ciic-usa.org