There’s a lot of confusion about President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration, not just for immigrants already living in the United States and those wanting to travel here, but for the many Americans following this story.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the new order:
How do I know if it affects me?
For now, President Trump’s executive order affects citizens of seven countries.
But the executive order also makes clear that a broader ban that might include more countries.
What can I do to protect myself if I am an immigrant?
If you’re a citizen of any of the countries listed above, do not travel outside the US at least for the next 90 days. This applies even if you have a green card, which means you’re a lawful permanent resident of the US.
What if I have an emergency and I have to travel?
If you absolutely HAVE to travel, please consult an immigration lawyer first.
What if I am already abroad and need to travel back to the US?
If you’re a citizen of any of the countries listed above, you may have difficulty getting back into the US.
If you’re a lawful permanent resident of the US from any of the countries above, get in touch with an immigration lawyer before flying back.
What if I’m a naturalized US citizen?
If you’re an American citizen, you should be fine — even if you are from one of the targeted countries.
Can my relatives fly back with me if I’m a citizen?
Not if you’re from one of the countries listed above. In that case, your relatives may face difficulties at immigration upon entering the US.
What if I have family or friends who were waiting to resettle to the US as refugees?
The executive order also halted the refugee program, at least for the next 120 days. This applies to all refugees, not just those from the seven countries above.
In the case of Syria, the resettlement process has been halted indefinitely.