Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trump Wins: 40% Drop In Visa Applications From Travel Ban Countries

Any doubt about the effectiveness of President Trump’s January 27 travel ban has been largely erased; according to a Reuters analysis of information released by the State Department, last month the United States issued roughly 40% fewer temporary visas to citizens of the seven countries named in Trump’s ban than it did in an average month last year.
The number of non-immigrant visas issued to citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen totaled roughly 3,200 in March 2017, compared to roughly 5,700 issued on average per month during the 2016 fiscal year, while over 6,000 on average per month were issued in 2015 and 2014.
Reuters cautioned, “The department did not release data on the total number of all types of visa applications, so it is unclear whether the lower number of temporary visas for citizens of the seven countries is because of a higher rate of rejections or other factors, such as fewer applicants or slower processing times.”
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