Individuals who were denied US Visa under former President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African nations can now seek new decisions or submit new applications, the US Department of State announced earlier this week.
The Biden administration overturned Trump’s travel ban on his first day in office, calling it “a stain on our national conscience,” and gave the State Department 45 days to come up with a plan that would allow individuals from the affected countries to have their US visa applications reconsidered.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced on Monday that those whose immigrant visa applications received a final refusal on or after Jan. 20, 2020, due to Trump’s travel ban “may seek re-adjudication without resubmitting their application forms or paying any additional fees, provided the underlying visa petitions remain valid.”
According to Price, individuals initially denied visas prior to Jan. 20, 2020, “may also be reconsidered, but these individuals must submit new applications and pay a new application fee,” according to Price. An applicant’s previous denial under Trump’s travel ban will not be held against them.
More than 41,000 people were denied entry into the United States since September 2017 due Trump’s travel ban, according to figures released by the State Department.