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US Embassies In UK, Germany Suspend Visa Issuance To Citizens Of Seven Countries, Dual Nationals

By Earnest Jones, The Goldwater · 01-31-2017
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President Trump’s executive order that he made on Friday concerning immigration has led the US Embassies in Berlin and the UK to suspend visa issuance to nationals from the affected seven countries including dual nationals. In a report issued by the US Embassy in Berlin, Visa issuance had been suspended to nationals, or dual nationals, of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Embassy reported in its Facebook page saying that as per US Presidential Executive Order that was signed on the 27th of January 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notice, adding that if you’re a national, or dual national, of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees.

In the meantime, superseding a statement made by Boris Johnson pledging to protect dual nationals, a similar statement was issued by the UK embassy stating that visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan has been suspended effective immediately until further notice, adding that if you are a national, or a dual national, of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at the moment.

There were also several warnings that were issued by the US embassy in the UK stating that in accordance with the US Presidential Executive Order that was signed on the 27th of January, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from countries of Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria has been suspended effective immediately until further notice, adding that if you are a national, or dual national, of one of these countries, do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees.

It was also made clear that for applicants who already have an appointment scheduled, they should not attend their appointment since the embassy will not be in a position to proceed with the visa interview, adding that certain travel for official government purposes, related to official business at or on behalf of designated international organizations, on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or by certain officials would not be subject to the suspension.

In a report issued by Reuters, the Iraq parliament voted to retaliate against the travel ban. This echoed a similar action that was taken by Iran over the weekend as reported by Baghdad Invest, Iraq has banned US citizens from travelling to Iraq for 90 days, adding that it would only lift the travel ban if the US does the same.

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