UPDATE: On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new Executive Order, still titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" in response to the suspension of his original Executive Order. The new order, which takes effect on March 16, clarifies that a temporary 90-day ban on travel to the United States applies to foreign nationals from the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq was dropped from the list, as the Executive Order explains there are currently strict measures in place when issuing visas to Iraqi nationals. The new Executive Order also adopted a 120-day freeze for refugees from Syria, rather than an indefinite ban.
The key takeaway for MRA members remains the same:
- The Executive Order does not apply to anyone traveling with U.S. citizenship.
The situation is fluid and subject to change without notice. Because the situation is evolving, we recommend that you do not make changes to your existing policies. However, members employing foreign nationals who may be affected should review the risk of sending employees on international business trips. Going forward, organizations employing foreign nationals or having employees travel internationally for work will need to recognize that more changes may be coming that could affect their current HR practices.
If you are unsure how to proceed or need to talk through all the considerations, MRA is here to help! Our 24/7 HR Hotline Advisors can answer questions and help you evaluate which option is best for your organization. Reach out to us to assist you during these uncertain times at 866-HR-HOTLINE (866-474-6854), or email InfoNow@mranet.org
BACKGROUND: On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States". The 90-day Order temporarily suspends admission to the United States of foreign nationals from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Federal District Court judge issued a nationwide suspension of President Trump’s Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." Several days later, a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that suspension.
Source: Michael Hyatt, HR Government Affairs Director, MRA – The Management Association