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Thousands denied visas due to President Trump's travel ban

People from other countries frequently want a visa to allow them to come to Washington, D.C. and other areas in the country. Some may come for temporary reasons, such as tourism, while others want to join a spouse or other loved one permanently. Unfortunately, recently released data shows that President Trump's travel ban has resulted in the denial of thousands of visas.

The Trump administration first proposed the ban on travelers from several countries, many of which are Muslim-majority countries, just after he came into office. Though the ban as initially proposed faced several challenges, the U.S. Supreme Court approved a version of it in June 2017. As a result, the government denied over 15,000 applications for immigrant visas and over  21,000 non-immigrant visas in 2018. Reports indicate that there were only 1,000 denials in the year before the ban went fully into effect.

Unfortunately, these denials are impacting a variety of different people. For example, a human rights defender from Yemen found her visa request denied, preventing her from attending a women's rights event. An oncologist who is a U.S citizen has found himself separated from his Iranian wife because she has been denied a visa that would allow her to join him. Though the couple has requested a waiver, such requests are rarely granted. He is considering leaving the country so he can be with his wife.

Unfortunately, the denial of visas can have a significant, often traumatic, impact on families. In some cases, a request of a visa could be denied as a result of the applicant being unqualified for the type requested. Because of the complexity of obtaining a visit -- especially for those coming from one of the countries named in the ban -- many people who want to visit or move to Washington, D.C. or other areas of the United States may want anĀ experienced professional on their side, guiding them throughout the process.

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