• Martín O'Hara, Esq.

Travel ban caused visa denials to spike in 2018

Over 37,000 visa applications were denied in 2018 due to President Trump's travel ban, according to data released by the U.S. State Department.


While nearly 4 million visa applications are denied for a variety of reasons each year, the number of applications denied in 2018 increased by over 30,000 from the previous year, when there was a partial ban in effect.


In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of President Trump's travel ban, which prohibited entry into the United States by those from 7 Muslim-majority countries, and also those from North Korea and Venezuela.


The data shows that 15,384 applications for immigrant visas were denied as a result of the travel ban. An additional 21,645 non-immigrant (temporary) visa applications were also denied because of the travel ban.







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