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Advisory for persons traveling to Boston Logan Airport

February 4, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

This advisory intends to assist nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen potentially affected by the January 27, 2017 Executive Order.

Lawful Permanent Residents should not be affected by the travel ban of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order.

January 27, 2017

The Department of State stated that it was cancelling all other immigrant and non-immigrant visas for nationals of the listed countries, except for certain diplomatic visas. See the Department of State Cable below.

February 3, 2017

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington entered a temporary order that is in place nationwide until further notice:

  1. Entry into the U.S. cannot be prohibited by the Executive Order where a person has a current, validly-issued visa.
  2. Admission of refugees cannot be prohibited by the Executive Order.
  3. Processing of refugee claims and admission of refugees cannot be prioritized based on religion.
  4. Syrian refugees cannot be prohibited from being admitted to the U.S.

See the State of Washington court order below.

USCIS announces it continues to process applications and petitions regardless of the country of origin. 
2/3/17 Announcement from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

February 4, 2017

US Customs and Border Protection announce that the Department of Homeland Security is obeying the judge's order and has stopped enforcing the travel ban.  2/4/17 Announcement from U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Planning to come to the US?

If boarding a flight, bring the State of Washington court order with you.

If you have a lawyer, call them.

Do not sign anything without talking to a lawyer first.

Ways to obtain assistance

  1. If you are a national of one of the 7 countries, you intend to fly into Boston Logan airport, and you do not have a lawyer, 
    call 617-903-8943 or
    email [email protected] to speak with a lawyer.
  2. You may record your travel prohibition here:
  3. Massachusetts residents may contact Lisa Nelson at the Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy at 508-431-1110.

We will keep updating this web page as we get new information.


  1. State of Washington v. Trump Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), date of expiration to be decided.
  2. American Immigration Council's Practice Advisory, CHALLENGING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BAN ON ENTRY
  3. Department of State's cable revoking visas for 7 target states (1-27-17)
  4.  Tootkaboni court order expires 5 February, 2017, 1:00 AM.
Produced by Massachusetts Immigration Legal Services Providers
Last Updated February 4, 2017

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