Applicants Denied Travel Under Trump-Era Can Re-apply Free of Cost
The US government has been ordered by a district court to provide relief to nearly 41,000 nonimmigrant visa applicants who couldn’t get a waiver because of the Trump administration’s travel ban under Presidential Proclamation 9645 that kept them from getting a visa. According to the court, the government will notify these people directly via the Consular Electronic Application Center and indirectly via the Department of State’s website. Plus, the government will also advise them to submit another application for a nonimmigrant visa without charging them for the second time. The court also cleared that the government might fix a time limit for such individuals to submit their second application. However, those who have already applied again while paying the fee will not get any refunds.
The government was expected to file the following by 17 February 2023;
- A proposed schedule for notifying
- The proposed language for the notice
- Whether the applicants will be required to submit updated materials, along with the relevant regulatory or statutory citation
Emani v. Nielsen (case no. 3:18-cv-01587) and Pars Equality Center v. Pompeo (case no. 3:18-cv-07818) are the two cases filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
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