President Trump expected to tighten US immigration rules

11 November 16

On 20 January 2017, less than 70 days from now, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America's 45th President. Immigration reform will be a key part of the Trump administration.

Key Points

  • Citizens of non-visa-waiver countries should consider applying for a visa (or renewing an existing visa) as soon as possible, as we expect US visa policy to become stricter under the Trump presidency.
  • In particular, travel to the US for the world's approximately 1.6 billion Muslim population, or citizens of Muslim-majority countries, may be restricted or face "extreme vetting".
  • Besides visa applications, the Withers Global Immigration team frequently assists families on other immigration matters such as residency, citizenship-by-investment, and US expatriation.

According to Donald Trump's campaign website and campaign speeches, the President-elect has made the following immigration proposals:    

Border Security

  • Vet applicants to ensure they support America's values, institutions and people.
  • Temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot presently be ensured.
  • Begin work on an impenetrable wall on the US border with Mexico.

Muslim Immigration Ban

  • Mr. Trump's statements on this topic have changed over the past few months. In December 2015, Mr. Trump proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States. In August 2016, Mr. Trump reformulated the proposal to a potential form of "extreme vetting".

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