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Fewer visas issued following Trump Travel ban

usa visaAccording to the U.S. government data the total number of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to people around the world is up almost 5 percent in March compared to March 2016. However, the seven Muslim nations that U.S. President Donald Trump issued temporary travel bans decreased about 40%.

Citizens of affected countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. According to the Reuters’ analysis, U.S. issued about 3,200 non-immigrant visas in March 2017, compared to about 5,700 on average per month during the 2016 fiscal year and more than 6,000 on average per month in 2015 and 2014.

The department did not release data on the total number of all types of visa applications, so it is unclear whether the lower number of temporary visas for citizens of the seven countries is because of a higher rate of rejections or other factors, such as fewer applicants or slower processing times.