What is the ‘Muslim ban’?

President Trump’s executive order halts the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days. There’s an indefinite ban on accepting Syrian refugees.

Individuals arriving from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen face a 90-day visa suspension. Exceptions to the ban include those holding diplomatic visas, NATO visas, and visas to travel to the UN.

How does it affect individuals that have UK nationality and are also nationals of the 7 countries?

The following information is relevant to UK citizens that are dual nationals of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

We highly recommend that you use a British passport if you plan to travel to the United States.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed that British nationals should expect additional security checks on arrival if they are of dual nationals of one of the 7 countries mentioned above AND are travelling on a British passport to the United States.

If you are a dual national of one of the 7 countries and your journey to the United States does not originate from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, you should not be affected by the suspension imposed by the executive order, according to an FCO press release.

How does this affect British nationals (without dual nationality) on a journey to the United States from one of the 7 countries?

The FCO makes clear that your travel plans to the United States should not be affected – even if you were born in one of the 7 listed nations. However, we stress that this is not certain, as American customs and border agents may not be consistent across all ports of entry. If you are travelling to the United States, we recommend that you ensure you have contact details for the FCO and UK Embassy in the United States (the emergency numbers are +1 202 588 6500 or +44 1908 516666).

Further, it is advisable to have contact details of an immigration solicitor in the United States in case of any problems entering the United States.

Has this ban impacted your travel plans as a British national or dual national? Get in touch in confidence with the form below:

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