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US embassy in UAE stop visa issuance to seven nationals

02 February 2017

The US Mission to UAE officials, in its twitter account, announced that it is suspending the issuance of visas for travel to the US from any of the seven Muslim-majority countries, identified by President Donald Trump in his temporary travel ban.

The Embassy tweeted that US visa issuance to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen has been suspended until further notification. 

The Mission staff further tweeted that if you are a national or dual national of one of the listed countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fee. The appointments that have been earlier scheduled need not be attended, as the appointment will not be able to continue with a visa interview.

Emirates airline, on its website mentioned that Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen nationals can travel to US only if they hold a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) on any of the below visas:

1. A1 & A2 (Government Officials and immediate family)
2. C2 (Travel to UN)
3. G1 & G2 (Representative and employees of international organisations)
4. G3 & G4 (Representatives to and employees of international organisations)
5. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
6. For more information, go to the US Customs and Border Protection site.

Meanwhile, a Dubai Airports spokesman who did not elaborate on the need of travel stoppages by officials in Dubai on Sunday said that the airport was complying with new rules.

The spokesman said that US Customs and Border Protection has issued an Immigration Advisory Notice relaying new US Immigration entry requirements, which include restrictions on nationals from Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Yemen from travelling to the US. Currently, Dubai Airports is monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, the residents of UAE are outraged at, what they claim, ‘unfair’ travel ban, issued on Friday, which prevents several of them from travelling to the US.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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