U.S. Embassy Dublin
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2017
The U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security are reviewing the President’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States and working to implement it immediately. The U.S. government’s national security visitor screening and vetting procedures are constantly being reviewed and refined in order to improve security and more effectively identify those individuals who might pose a threat to the United States. We welcome every opportunity to improve our systems and procedures.
While the Executive Order instructs the Secretary of State to suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program, subject to specific statutory exceptions, this is not the same as the Visa Waiver Program.
Citizens of countries in the Visa Waiver Program, including Ireland, will continue to be able to travel to the United States for up to 90 days of business or tourism without a visa, provided they receive approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/).
Under the Visa Interview Waiver Program, individuals from certain countries renewing certain categories of visas could do so without an in-person interview with a U.S. Consular Officer. Irish citizens renewing the same classification of visa not more than 12 months after the date on which the prior visa expired, may still be eligible to renew their visa without an interview. For questions on specific circumstances, please email USVisaDublin@state.gov
The Executive Order suspends visa issuance and entry into the United States of nationals of countries of particular concern (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), including dual nationals of these countries. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has implemented this provision at its Pre-Clearance facilities, including at Dublin and Shannon airports, as well as at Ports of Entry across the United States. Nationals of these countries, including dual nationals, who have already scheduled a visa interview at U.S. Embassy Dublin should not attend their appointment as we will not be able to proceed with the visa interview.
We will announce any additional changes affecting travelers to the United States as soon as that information is available.