Community Advisory: What You Should Know about Muslim Ban 2.0

March 6, 2017

Dear Community Members and Friends,

A new Muslim Ban Executive Order (“Muslim Ban 2.0″) was signed this morning. We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out but some general information based on what we know now is included below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court:


The Muslim Ban 2.0 will not go into effect until March 16, 2017. The older order, signed on January 27, 2017, was revoked and replaced with this new order. Regardless, the temporary court order placing the older order on hold is still active.

Who Will Be Impacted?

Travel Restriction for Nationals of Six Countries

  • It applies to Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia
    • Iraq is no longer on the list but will still face additional processing
  • A 90-day travel restriction for nationals of those countries starts on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST
  • Green card holders (also known as Lawful Permanent Residents) will not be targeted
  • Dual nationals who enter the U.S. using a passport from a non-designated country will not be targeted
  • Immigrants and non-immigrants who were granted a visa before January 27, 2017 or hold a valid visa on the effective date of the executive order (March 16, 2017 at 12:01am) will not be targeted
  • Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis for immediate relatives, medical care, business, and study. However, we do not have any information about the waiver process

Refugee Program

  • A 120-day halt of the entire refugee program will start on March 16, 2017
  • Syrian refugees are no longer specifically excluded for an indefinite period of time
  • The number of refugees to be admitted to the United States for fiscal year 2017 is reduced to 50,000

How to Get Legal Help?

You can contact our organizations if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by this executive order with a specific case is are seeking legal advice and assistance
  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation

CAIR SF Bay Area: 408.986.9874
Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus: 415.848.7711

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out.


Brittney Rezaei                     Elica Vafaie
Civil Rights Attorney          Staff Attorney
CAIR SF Bay Area               Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus