Here's How The U.S. Travel Ban Will Affect Canadian Travellers
The U.S.'s Supreme Court decision could negatively affect Canadian travellers
Donald Trump's controversial decision regarding a U.S. travel ban on majority Muslim countries has been upheld by the Supreme Court. On Tuesday American Supreme Court Justices defended the ban in a 5-4 vote, and although this is an American law it could affect many Canadians travelling to the U.S.
Canadians who are permanent residents from any of the seven countries on the ban list will now have to apply for a waiver to enter the U.S. This includes Canadians from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela, the seven countries on the list.
The U.S.'s executive order says, "case-by-case waivers could be appropriate in circumstances such as the following...the foreign national is a landed Canadian immigrant who applies for a visa at a location within Canada."
At the moment it's not entirely clear what the case-by-case exceptions would be, and there are no specific details on what kind of information the waiver would require or include.
But according to the executive order waivers will only be granted to those that border officers determine would not pose a threat to national security, whose denial of entry would cause undue hardship or whose entrance would be in the national interest.
The major problem being that the decision on whether or not certain Canadians get to travel to the U.S. is very discretionary and completely in the hands of the officer managing your case. American immigration lawyers say that the waivers could cost up to $585 USD and take approximately six months to be issued. These new rules could also affect people are not from one of these countries, but may have traveled to one of these places recently.
The Canadian government is currently advising those who want to travel to the U.S. to contact the U.S. embassy to confirm entry requirements.
Source: Global News