Effective 13 September 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), implemented visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The sanctions are imposed pursuant to Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides that the Secretary of State shall order consular officers to discontinue granting certain visas to citizens or nationals of countries that do not cooperate in accepting their own nationals who are ordered removed from the United States. President Trump’s Executive Order 13768 (25 January 2017) directs DHS and DOS to work in coordination to enforce this section of the INA.

DHS recommended these sanctions because the governments of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have unreasonably delayed or refused to issue travel documents to their citizens who are subject to final orders of removal from the United States. In response, Secretary Tillerson ordered consular officers in these four countries to discontinue the issuance of certain visitor visas. The policy targets government officials in Cambodia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone and denies B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to all Eritrean citizens. These sanctions will remain in place until DHS notifies the Secretary of State that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level. Detailed information regarding the sanctions imposed is available here.