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On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Trump has issued a new, modified version of his earlier Travel Ban which now imposes travel restrictions on eight countries.

The prior Travel Ban prohibited travel to the US for six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The new ban involves five countries from the last ban (Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia), deletes Sudan, and adds Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.

The restrictions vary, depending on the country, with, for example, Syria and North Korea being barred entirely while the restrictions for Venezuela are limited to certain government officials and their family members.

The Ban prohibits admission as permanent residents for all countries on the list while the restrictions for temporary visas vary.

The new Travel Ban went into effect at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for foreign nationals who were subject to the last travel ban and lack a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. The travel restrictions for everyone else go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 18.

The new Travel Ban is not limited to 90 days like the former version. Instead, the ban will remain in effect until the head of the Department of Homeland Security concludes a country on the list has taken actions which demonstrate it has an “adequate plan” to provide the U.S. “identity management” or national security information, or that any of the restrictions are no longer necessary necessary.

The ban will not apply to green card holders and there are no plans to revoke currently valid visas for individuals from these countries.

Now we have to wait to see what court action will be taken by those opposed to the ban.