July 11, 2017

United States: What Foreign Nationals Need to Know About the Travel Ban

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United States: What Foreign Nationals Need to Know About the Travel Ban

Posted by: Fabiana Hershfield, Supply Chain Manager

The travel ban will be enforced against certain nationals of six restricted countries and against refugees, but there are broad exemptions for U.S. visa holders, lawful permanent residents, persons with valid advance parole, and those with a bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States.

Please carefully review Fragomen’s full article and guidance:


© 2017 Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved. This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or give rise to an attorney-client relationship between you and Fragomen Worldwide. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide. Reprinted with permission of Fragomen.

Cartus Recommendations for Relocation Managers

  • Early preparedness is paramount to ensure employee compliance and cost containment. Cartus will work with our clients' mobility teams to align all elements of planning in response to the travel ban requirements.
  • It is recommended for foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen to carry their employment information (work visa, visa petition approval notices, pay stubs, letters verifying employment) and be prepared to answer questions about their U.S. employment to the immigration officers.
  • Review with your immigration provider the expected impact to transfer date and travel due to immigration status, delays are anticipated.
  • Clarity in communication for employees is essential and should include: how to deal with existing travel arrangements, usage of video conferencing versus travel, access to security teams, HR and Employee Assistance Programs and, if necessary, immigration counsel.
  • Employees holding passports from one of the six travel ban countries, and that are currently employed by a U.S. entity, should be able to return to the U.S. from travel without issue. A link to the U.S. entity would be sufficient to establish a “credible tie.” 
  • Employees holding passports from one of the six travel ban countries, and are currently employed by an entity outside of the U.S., should obtain legal guidance from their immigration provider prior to the scheduled business trip.
  • If employees need to travel to the U.S. on business, it is recommended that the flight is routed through the closest airport to the employer facility in order to establish a business tie to the U.S. employer or entity.

As additional executive orders are issues, we will partner closely with our immigration provider to share further information.

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Fabiana Hershfield

About Fabiana

Fabiana has 20 years of experience in international assignment services, immigration case processing, and global supply chain management. She has also worked for multinational immigration law firms, serving them as Global Case Manager for a vast corporate client portfolio.

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