Every year, about 4 million visa applications are denied by the United States due to diverse reasons. In 2018, the U.S. State Department disapproved over 37,000 Visa Applications following the travel ban set by Trump’s Administration. This figure had skyrocketed from what was obtainable in 2017 when the ban had not been fully effected; not up to 1000 denied visa applications.
A data released on Tuesday carefully analyzed the human impact of the travel ban of President Trump’s Administration, which was enforced not long after he got into office.
Most Affected Nationals
Intending immigrants from the following countries were the most affected by the ban; Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia.
Originally, when the President’s ban order had been implemented in 2017, several members of the Federal Courts kicked against it seriously, and thus it was suspended. The executive order primarily prevented entry from many countries with a high population of Muslims. This resulted in an uproar in Federal Courts as to whether the policy was a legal implementation of presidential authority or a biased and illegal ‘Muslim ban’.
Trump’s Administration modified the policy after facing critical scrutiny in Federal courts and in December 2017, the Supreme Court approved for it to be largely affected despite facing legal challenges. About six months down the line, the revised edition of the ban policy was upheld by the Supreme Court.
This explains why most nationals from Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia have failed to try to get into the U.S. for over a year now. North Korea and Venezuela were among the countries targeted in the current policy; however, the restrictions had not been challenged in the Federal Courts.
As shown in the data released on Tuesday, the U.S. government turned down 15,384 visa applications for Permanent Residence in the United States due to the 2017 travel ban policy. Another 21,645 visa applications for Temporary Residence visas were denied still because of the ban policy.
The data showed that just about 2,200 visa applications went through successfully, although it was not stated how many of them came through after retrying from previous years.
Effect of the Restriction on Affected Countries
It is a monthly routine of the State Department to publish the number of visa applicants from all the countries who have been granted visas every month. It, however, fails to also publish the number of applicants who were denied visas.
Previously published data from the State Department confirms that following the implementation of the ban, the United States has drastically reduced the number of visas granted to those from the banned countries.
Citizens of Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia have experienced an 80% slash in the number of U.S. visas granted to them, counting down from the 1st of October 2017 to 30th of September 2018. When there was no ban placed, citizens of these countries jointly received over 72,000 successful U.S. visas within an equivalent time frame. This figure dropped to 14,600 after the ban had been placed.
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