DOS Releases Stats on Travel Ban Waivers

On June 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of State released a report on the Implementation of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (the “Travel Ban”) for the time period covering December 8, 2017, to March 31, 2019. It has widely been speculated that the waivers under the Travel Ban were simply for show and that no meaningful waiver option exists.  The report does indicate that some waivers have been granted, but the rates of visa issuance are quite low, as expected.  The report also confirmed that there is no separate waiver application necessary and that each consular officer has broad discretion to consider the relevant factors on a case-by-case basis.

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