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Update on the United States Travel Ban.

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
ICA members in the US for work or study may have concerns about reentry after attending ICA in Prague.


Currently the travel ban is stayed in the United States Court System and attendees should not have a problem returning to the US as US Immigration is only restricting entry to travelers who are seeking a visa moving forward, and not those who already hold valid visas. 
However, nationals of the following eight countries are subject to various travel restrictions: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. 
Attendees from these countries who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents should consult with legal counsel regarding the advisability of travel outside the US to attend the conference. This is especially true if you are presently in the US on a visa which is currently expired and would need to be renewed on your trip overseas.  
Because of the unpredictability of the ban through the court system it is important to consider when traveling:
Search of Electronic Devices
•Travel with a temporary or travel laptop or mobile phone without local documents
•Use of Cloud storage for retrieval of documents while traveling
•Back up any locally stored data before traveling
•Use of encryption or different user accounts to protect privileged or confidential information
•Clean your laptop or phone when returned after a search
•Be warned that border agents may examine your social media use
Other Considerations
The following items may lead to potential issues: 
•Convictions or stayed/deferred prosecution for non-violent crimes including DUI/DWI.
•Changes in employment, including promotions or changes of employer
•Status violations including unauthorized employment
•Pending applications for an immigration benefit
If you are a national from one of the eight countries above or not a US citizen or permanent resident, and any of these cases apply to you, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your legal counsel before departing the US. It is also advisable that prior to returning to the US you make arrangements with someone in your home city or port of entry in case you encounter issues with customs. 
If you have any questions regarding the travel ban contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, who established a partnership for these queries with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

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