A Look at the New Executive Order

Executive Order signed today which includes the following provisions:

  • Refugee Admissions: Suspends the Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. Reduce refugee admissions for FY2017 to 50,000 from President Obama’s goal of 110,000. Notwithstanding the temporary suspension, refugees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis if certain criteria are met.
  • Ban on Entry to U.S. for Certain Countries: Suspends visa issuance and other immigration benefits to nationals of countries of particular concern, including Iraq and Syria.
  • Biometric Entry-Exit System: Directs agencies to expedite completion of biometric entry-exit system.
  • Suspends the Visa Interview Waiver Program: All visa applicants will be required to attend an interview unless not required by statute.