Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Permits Travel Ban Enforcement While Legal Challenges Continue

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court granted the Administration’s request to stay preliminary injunctions which had temporarily blocked the Administration’s travel ban from taking effect. With this decision, the Supreme Court allowed the travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue. The Supreme Court urged the lower appeals courts to render decisions quickly on the legality of the ban. In the interim, the Administration may fully enforce the ban.

The Administration’s travel ban, set forth in a Proclamation issued in September 2017, announced various restrictions on nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of eight countries: North Korea, Venezuela, Chad, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The Administration previously issued travel restrictions through Executive Orders in January and March for certain nationals of six Muslim-majority countries, which have been challenged in Federal Court. The new Proclamation removes Sudan from the list of previously targeted counties, and imposes new travel limits for nationals of North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad. Case-by-case waivers and exemptions may be granted if appropriate in very limited circumstances.

For more information on country specific restrictions, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs site and the Department of Homeland Security FAQs. Please consult with immigration counsel for legal advice.

Gibney will continue to monitor events and how these new guidelines will be implemented at the border and at Consulates abroad. For additional information, please visit Gibney’s Immigration Advisory and FAQs. If you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact your designated Gibney representative, or email