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Federal Judge rules that the United States Cannot Stop Issuing Visas during Travel Bans

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A federal judge on Tuesday put a halt to the State Department practice of not issuing visas to travelers from other countries when travel bans are in place.

The ruling, in response to a lawsuit, declares it unlawful for the State Department to use travel bans, which were issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, as a reason to stop processing visas for travelers who are otherwise eligible.

In November, the United States will reopen to fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries including China, Brazil and most of Europe, the White House announced recently. Among the largest groups of people affected by the ban were employees of American companies in technology and STEM fields.

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