Iraqi Nationals With Valid Visas Can Now Travel To U.S., Embassy Says

Iraqi Nationals With Valid Visas Can Now Travel To U.S., Embassy Says

The U.S. Embassy to Baghdad issued a statement on Sunday (February 5) announcing that Iraqi nationals with valid visas can now travel to the United States after the country’s federal appeals court lifted travel restrictions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

A temporary travel ban which had been imposed by Donald Trump “is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible,” the statement read.

This came after the U.S. federal appeals court on Sunday blocked Trump’s attempts to have his administration’s travel ban, which he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, reinstated.

“Individuals whose visas are expired, or were physically cancelled, must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, absent a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decision to grant parole or waive the visa requirement at the port of entry,” the statement by U.S. Embassy to Baghdad added.

Judge James Robart in Seattle had blocked the ban on Friday (February 3), saying it was unconstitutional.

The Justice Department had argued in return that states did not have the authority to challenge the President’s executive order, or the right to question his judgment on matters of national security.

Trump has frequently claimed the necessity of the travel ban on national security grounds, despite an extensive vetting process already being in place. The President had tweeted on Saturday (February 4) that the lifting of the ban had made “bad people very happy.”