DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Burma and Laos

As of July 9, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma has discontinued issuing all B1 and B2 nonimmigrant visas for current officials at the Director General level and above from the Burmese Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP), and Home Affairs (MOHA) and all of their children under 21 and spouses, with limited exceptions.

Under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, when so requested by the Secretary of Homeland Security due to a particular country’s refusal to accept or unreasonably delay the return of its nationals under final order of removal from the United States, the Secretary of State must order consular officers to suspend issuing visas until informed by the Secretary of Homeland Security that the country has resumed adequate cooperation.

If you are one of the people subject to visa suspension and you apply anyway, we will interview you but will not be able to issue a visa until the suspension is lifted.  Please consider carefully before you apply.

Application fees will not be refunded.

For further information: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2018/07/10/dhs-announces-implementation-visa-sanctions


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