Visas affected by Trump travel ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan

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Here is the full list of visas affected by President Donald Trump travel ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar, as well as restrictions on Sudan and Tanzania.

Citizens from NigeriaEritreaMyanmar and Kyrgyzstan won’t be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the United States under the new policy for visas that can lead to permanent residency, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during a call with reporters on Friday.

Wolf clarified that the targeted visas are distinct from non-immigrant visas issued to visitors, which will not be impacted by the ban.

Citizens from Sudan and Tanzania will be barred from participating in the diversity visa lottery, the Trump administration said.

The European country of Belarus was dropped from the list of seven countries as previously reported.

The administration said investor visas, which lead to green cards, will also be barred.

But the DHS official said the restrictions will not apply to skilled foreign workers entering the United States on H-1B visas, even though such visas are temporary, but can lead to permanent status in the United States.

He said immigrants already in the United States, or who have approved visas will be exempt from the ban.

However, people with pending visa requests – some of whom have waited years – will be barred.

All applicants will be able to apply for a waiver, a process already in place under Trump’s existing ban. But a federal lawsuit challenging the administration claims the waiver process is opaque and difficult to navigate.

The visa restrictions will not apply to refugees, according to the official. Trump’s administration has separately capped the number of refugees allowed into the United States at 18,000 for the 2020 fiscal year, the lowest level in decades.

immigrant visas

The chart below contains different purposes for immigrating to the United States, and the related immigrant visa categories.

Immediate Relative & Family SponsoredVisa Category
Spouse of a U.S. Citizen IR1, CR1
Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petitionK-3 *
Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.K-1 *
Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. CitizensIR3, IH3, IR4, IH4
Certain Family Members of U.S. CitizensIR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4
Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent ResidentsF2A, F2B
Employer Sponsored – Employment 
Employment-Based Immigrants, including  (preference group):Priority workers [First]Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]Professionals and Other Workers [Third]Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]  E1
E2



E3, EW3


C5, T5, R5, I5

S (many**)
Religious WorkersSD, SR
Iraqi and Afghan Translators/InterpretersSI 
Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. GovernmentSQ
Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. GovernmentSQ
Other Immigrants 
Diversity Immigrant VisaDV
Returning ResidentSB

Important Notes:

*K Visas – Listed with immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.

About this chart – This chart is a list of many immigrant visa categories, but not every immigrant visa category.

**Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 502.1 for a listing of all immigrant visa categories.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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