On January 28, 2017, a day after President Trump signed the travel ban, the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) requested the U.S. Consulate in Toronto to provide a written and official clarification about the impact of the executive order on Iranian Canadians. Here is the official clarification including the details we have received from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto:
On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order today temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under this order, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification.
Landed immigrants of Canada, including those from restricted countries, can apply for a visa to the United States, if the individual presents a valid passport and proof of landed immigrant status, to a consular officer. A valid, non-expired, Canadian Permanent Residence card is the only acceptable proof of landed immigrant status.
Likewise, Canadian permanent residents, including those from restricted countries, may apply for admission to the United States, if the individual presents a passport with a valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, proof of their landed immigrant status, and only if the travel both originates in Canada and is through a land border or a pre-clearance location. A valid, non-expired, Canadian Permanent Residence card is the only acceptable proof of landed immigrant status.
Canadian citizens are visa exempt and may apply directly at a U.S. port of entry for admission to the United States. Canadian citizens that are dual nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are permitted to apply for admission to the United States, as long as they present a valid Canadian passport. Please note that all determinations regarding eligibility to be admitted are determined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Entry. Further information for Canadian citizens may be found at https://help.cbp.gov.
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Consulate General
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