Applicants whose visas were denied before January 20, 2020 can submit new applications and pay a new application fee.
The US State Department said that people who were prevented from entering the United States because of the travel ban imposed by former President Donald Trump on 13 countries, most of them Muslims and African countries, can request new decisions or submit new requests.
President Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s so-called ban on Muslims on January 20, his first day in office, describing it as “a stain on our national conscience.”
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said Monday that applicants who are denied visas before January 20, 2020, must submit new applications and pay new application fees.
Price said those who were rejected on or after January 20, 2020, may request reconsideration without resubmitting their applications and not have to pay additional fees.
He said that applicants who were selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery before the current fiscal year are forbidden by US law from issuing visas if they do not actually have them.
The diversity lottery aims to accept immigrants from countries that do not usually grant many visas.
Since December 2017, after the US Supreme Court upheld a revised version of the original travel ban, nearly 40,000 people have been barred from entering the United States under the ban, according to State Department data.
During the Trump administration, some countries were added and others dropped from the list.
At the end of Trump’s presidency, it included Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
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