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Old Sep 10, 17, 11:29 am   #556
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I've heard from a reliable source that State advised an Iranian applicant in Abu Dhabi several hours ago that the worldwide cap of 50k visas for the 2016 DV cycle was reached overnight. It's not entirely surprising that 50k would be reached before 9/30 this year, given that State exercised its right to hold a second draw in this year's cycle for whatever reason.

This appears to be a rather convenient development for State, as the current NILC case on behalf of Iranian and Yemeni DV winners should now be moot. We won't be able to see whether State would have been willing to act on these cases in the window between the end of the 90 day review period and 9/30, as there are no longer any lottery visas left to hand out.

Fortunately, my family is now fully settled in the US and unaffected by today's news. Yet, I find it disturbing to know that some cases are now denied that could have, at least in theory, squeaked by had the Supreme Court not partially lifted the stay of 13780 and/or had State and its contractors done more to speed along the process.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 7:56 am   #557
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To clarify the post above, it now appears that the cap of 3,500 visas from any one particular country may have been hit for Iran rather than the worldwide 50k limit. It's my understanding that the Iranian applicants were turned away at the gate by State's security contractor (G4S), which itself is staffed by, shall we say, individuals with a surprisingly limited ability to communicate in fluent English. I'm still unsure of some of the details of what happened on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

If that is the case, the Yemenis being represented by NILC may be able to proceed with their claim.
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Old Sep 13, 17, 5:05 am   #558
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SCOTUS action on refugees:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.904f023fbfd3

Refugees having a relationship with a refugee agency in the US isn't considered a bona fide relationship, according to a SCOTUS determination that had no recorded dissent amongst the Justices.
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It seems like the ban is to be expanded in some ways to cover even more countries -- possibly up to 9 countries.
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In The New York Times:
New Order Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries (Permalink)

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Starting next month, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be indefinitely banned from entering the United States, Mr. Trump said in a proclamation released Sunday night. Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela who seek to visit the United States will face restrictions or heightened scrutiny.

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Officials described the new order as a much more targeted effort than the president’s earlier one. Each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions, though in most cases citizens of the countries will be unable to emigrate to the United States personally and most will be barred from coming to work, study or vacation in America.

Iran, for example, will still be able to send its citizens on student exchanges, though such visitors will be subject to enhanced screening. Certain government officials of Venezuela and their families will be barred from visiting the United States. Somalis will no longer be allowed to emigrate to the United States, but may visit with extra screening.

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Well, this was worse than I expected, even if I can't really claim to be totally surprised by anything at this point in the Trump administration.

Once again, there was no meaningful opportunity for public comment and the "flawless" roll-out includes significant confusion among visa applicants.

A few interesting points I saw upon first read were an acknowledgment/admission that "foreign policy" interests beyond security alone guided decision making this time around, the fact that undue hardship will have to be demonstrated by the alien visa applicant rather than USC family members (that will certainly add a level of burden above and beyond 13780 for the Persian and other communities in the US), and that there will be some standardized form of special screening (presumably something more than the DS-5535) for those permitted to enroll in student and exchange programs from Iran.

I'm at a loss. The concession for student and exchange NIVs for Iran coupled with the adoption of what looks to me like an even tougher "undue hardship" standard for family reunification is not an outcome I would have anticipated. I never got to file the extreme hardship petition I had prepared for Embassy Abu Dhabi thanks to the injunctions blocking 13780, but seeing how other federal agencies define an "undue" level of hardship suggests that State may be gearing up to fight with folks like myself who just happen to fall in love with someone with the wrong passport.

If we're really going down this road, I know of cases where USCs may end up being temped to move to Iran. I can think of at least one highly educated USC with a profile that don't seem too far off from that of Xiyue Wang who would fall into this category. I sincerely hope that Secretary Tillerson understands the sorts of predicaments that some citizens may find themselves in as a result of this.

I'm sure I'll have more reactions shortly. I'll be very interested to read the documents that must have been generated as part of the review process whenever State clears the FOIA requests that one hopes they are getting as a result of this.

Last edited by lonelycrowd; Today at 10:34 am Reason: I misread part of the proclamation; it's a *little* less severe in reality than I initally understood.
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EO 3.0 was done to replace 2.0 to try to kill the chances of SCOTUS reviewing the constitutionality of the President's "Muslim ban".
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