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Trump Visa Ban Also Applies to Citizens With Dual Nationality, State Department Says

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    Trump Visa Ban Also Applies to Citizens With Dual Nationality, State Department Says

    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad suspends visa application for Iraqi nationals. BAGHDAD, Iraq—Citizens of the seven countries identified by President Donald Trump for a 90-day visa ban who hold dual nationality also will be barred from entering the

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Friday that bars people from seen countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. PHOTO: SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad suspends visa application for Iraqi nationals. BAGHDAD, Iraq—Citizens of the seven countries identified by President Donald Trump for a 90-day visa ban who hold dual nationality also will be barred from entering the United States, the U.S. State Department said in a statement Saturday.

In a statement that the State Department is due to release, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the 90-day visa moratorium extends beyond just citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

It also applies to people who originally hail from those countries but are traveling on a passport issued by any other nation, the statement notes. That means Iraqis seeking to enter the U.S. on a British passport, for instance, will be barred, according to a U.S. official. British citizens don’t normally require a visa to enter the U.S.

"Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa,” the statement said. "Those nationals or dual nationals holding valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas will not be permitted to enter the United States during this period.  Visa interviews will generally not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period.”

 

 

The dual-citizenship ban doesn’t apply to U.S. citizens who are also citizens of the seven nations singled out by Mr. Trump.

The State Department statement also said such restrictions don’t apply to people from those countries traveling on diplomatic visas.

The official said that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil have stopped accepting visa applications from Iraqi nationals until further notice, except for certain diplomatic exceptions.

The urgent steps come as State Department officials try to sort out how to implement Mr. Trump’s broadly-worded policy executive order. Officials said they received little information about the ban before it took effect from the Trump team. One described how a draft of the order was brought in unofficially to the State Department earlier this week to review before it took effect.

Write to Tamer El-Ghobashy at tamer.el-ghobashy@wsj.com

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