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>> After President Donald Trump imposed his latest travel ban late last year startling new data from the US State Department shows how strictly it has been implemented. Between December 8th when the ban went into effect and January 8th more than 8400 people applied for US Visa's from the 8 countries included in the travel ban.
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But only around 100 waivers have been granted. Reuters correspondent Mica Rosenberg.>> There are three qualifications or criteria that you need for a waiver. The visa has to be in the US national interest. If you don't get the visa it has to cause you undo hardship. And you have to prove that you're not a security risk.
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But most of the people that have applied have been denied. And without any explanation, sometimes only getting a form letter. So the fact that very few waivers have been granted shows that the process is pretty opaque and complicated.>> Courts across the US trumped down Trump's first two travel bans.
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And the current one is narrower in scope. It prohibits entry to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and some government officials from Venezuela. But data shows that, even before the travel ban was in place, many applicants from those eight countries were refused tourist and business visas at higher rates.
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>> It was already very, very difficult to get a visa. Lawyers and applicants say that sometimes they were waiting for years to be approved. There was significant, security vetting, and so this ban adds another layer of complication onto these people who sometimes have been waiting for a very long time.
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>> The Trump administration has said the travel ban is needed to protect US residents from terrorism. The Supreme Court will consider its legality this spring, and a decision is likely in June.