This is an important development. This afternoon a Federal judge in Washington State has issued a restraining order that immediately blocks the travel ban. It is a powerful step. The Whitehouse has issued a statement that they intend to appeal the decision, and that appeal could be lodged and heard over the weekend. However, as of right now the travel ban is lifted. Customs and Border Patrol (who enforce the travel ban) have told airlines that visas will be reinstated, and the airlines can allow people from the affected countries to board US bound flights, just as if the EO had never been issued.
To be clear, the order (which can be read here) specifically blocks the 90 day ban on immigrants and non immigrants, the 120 day bar on refugees and so on. The whole thing. It is a restraining order which is an order that restores the status quo immediately prior to the EO was signed. It is a temporary restraining order to give time to argue the points in a court of law so that people are not improperly disadvantaged in the meantime. The standard or proof to obtain such an order is very high. The order can only be granted if such arguments are likely to succeed when the matter goes to court.
HOWEVER, I am not suggesting anyone rushes down to the airport and gets on a flight. Trump must be LIVID at being blocked this way and will directing his team to be doing everything they can to re-impose their authority. It would NOT be a surprise to see the position reverse again. However, if I happened to be an affected DV selectee with an issued visa that was “provisionally revoked” in the last few days and I happened to be sitting in Canada within driving distance of the border, I would be jumping in my car right now to get to the border. BUT doing the same thing by international flight would be very risky as you could easily be denied entry at the airport if Trump’s lawyers can move quickly.
So – bottomline, this is an important step, but please don’t act on it until the dust settles and we know where we stand. I will of course update this page as I hear further news.
February 4, 2017 at 05:46
February 4, 2017 at 05:55
Thanks alot Brit, lets wait.
February 4, 2017 at 06:34
May God bless u and ur family
February 4, 2017 at 06:43
I told people to trust God
February 4, 2017 at 07:01
Doeas that mean the ban from 7 affected countries may also be lifted, I mean there is a hope for that ? thanks
February 4, 2017 at 07:18
That is EXACTLY what it means. However, this is a restraining order, resttraing him from enforcing his orders. You can imagine how Trump will react, so Trump will fight it.
February 4, 2017 at 07:03
so much appreciated dear Simon for your updated and sharing with us your idea regarding this EO…
February 4, 2017 at 07:08
Does this mean that embassies in these countries, will go ahead with scheduled DV interviews now?
February 4, 2017 at 07:19
Tonight I could say yes – but we must wait to see Trump’s next move.
February 4, 2017 at 08:12
February 4, 2017 at 08:15
Thank you so much. You are one of the nicest human being I ever know. It is very kind of you to support people alot. Although I am not a Dv selectee I am so sad for those (including my countrymates) who faced such a terrible problem. I hope this ban will be lifted asap and many innocent people can travel to usa easily.
I wish you the best Britsimon.
February 4, 2017 at 09:41
You are so Amazing. May GOD bless you and your family.
February 4, 2017 at 10:10
Thank you very much for the updates…hopefully everything will clear out in the coming days…we shall wait and see.
If we get our interview rescedualed,we’ll definitely tell you
February 4, 2017 at 10:23
Is this order about those administrative procedures are also being conducted?
February 4, 2017 at 15:57
I don’t understand.
February 4, 2017 at 13:10
I really appereciate your concerns and taking care of our situations.
In this time is there any possibity for visa interviews to be reschedualed? As it seems it might take several weeks for WH and federal judges fighting. What is the possible plan during this time in yr specualations.
February 4, 2017 at 15:46
I don’t know.
February 5, 2017 at 08:15
Did Donald Trump signs a visa free travel policy for Rwanda?
February 5, 2017 at 16:36
February 8, 2017 at 07:55
Hey Brits, we were expecting February bullet inn and it shows there’s no change for Africa, can we still expect our 2nl?”.
February 8, 2017 at 14:57
Wait to see if you are current in the next VB