Visas Issued to US Citizenship Continue to Decline


On Thursday 25th May 2017, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released, In April the United States issued fewer visitor visas to the citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump’s temporary travel bans as compare to the last years. The Seven countries that are temporarily banned includes Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen- received about 40 percent fewer visitor visas in March than in an average month last year. From all the countries the whole number of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to people was about 15 percent lower. The last month data released by the State Department shows the continuance of a trend identified in data for the month of March.

The United States President Donald Trump’s travel bans have been blocked by the court. In April 2017, those temporarily banned countries received about 2,800 non-immigrant visas compared with about 5,700 on average per month. The data released by State Department to fulfill with a directive from President Trump wish to publish monthly breakdowns of the number of visas issued across the globe. As per the sources, the agency not able to find out data on the number of visa applications, so yet it is not clear that whether the lower number of visas is just because of the higher rate of rejection or some other factors. A spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, William Cocks said, “Visa demand is cyclical, not uniform throughout the year, and affected by various factors at the local and international level”. On Thursday 25th May 2017, a U.S. appeals court declined to reinstate the travel ban, calling it unfair and setting the stage for a showdown in the Supreme Court.