President Joe Biden, on January 20, signed an executive order revoking the Trump travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. He thereafter gave the State Department 45 days to provide a report with a proposal on how to handle applications of those who were denied.
Most people from Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, North Korea, and Venezuela were prohibited from travelling to the US. This happened under a plan initially introduced in 2017. In 2020, Trump added to the list of travellers and immigrants from Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Those who got a final refusal on their application on or after January 2020 can seek re-adjudication. This is without resubmitting their application forms or paying any additional fees. However, those who were denied before January 2020 will have to reapply and pay a new application fee.
However much Covid-19 has made it difficult to process visas, the State Department is working to make sure those impacted are helped.
‘’As the department works to serve affected applicants as quickly as possible, the health and safety of our workforce and customers remain paramount.
The Covid-19 pandemic, and the health safeguards it has necessitated, continue to severely impact the number of visas our embassies and consulates abroad are able to process,’’ a statement from the State Department partly read.
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