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New U.S. Travel Ban Could Affect Hospital Employees, Applicants

On Jan. 27, President Trump issued an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order could impact hospital and health system employees, their family members or applicants for employment. Employers should monitor this dynamic situation and determine whether and how to communicate to employees and applicants who may be impacted. 

The travel ban into the U.S. covers individuals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and applies to those with visitor (B-1/B-2) and work visas (e.g., H-1B, L-1, O-1). The executive order does not affect naturalized U.S. citizens from the seven named countries. It is in effect for 90 days — until April 27.

Several states and local jurisdictions, the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations have filed lawsuits challenging the ban. While temporary injunctions have been issued in specific cases, there has not been an ultimate determination of whether the President exceeded his authority. Hospitals should continue to monitor developments. More information is available on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency website

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