Things to know about the Presidential proclamation

  • The U.S Embassy, Ndjamena began fully implementing Presidential Proclamation 9645 at the opening of business (local time) on Friday, December 8, 2017, as permitted by the U.S Supreme Court’s December 4, 2017 orders.
  • In September, following an extensive review and engagement with countries around the world, the President received recommendations for restrictions on entry into the United States for nationals of eight countries. The Presidential Proclamation signed on September 24 directed the Departments of State and Homeland Security to restrict the entry of nationals of these countries in order to protect the security and welfare of the United States.
  • The restrictions are tailored to each country.
  • The Presidential Proclamation will be implemented in an orderly way. No valid visas will be revoked under the Proclamation. The restrictions are not intended to be permanent. The suspension of entry in the Proclamation does not apply to individuals who are inside the United States or who had a valid visa on the effective date of the Proclamation, as defined in Section 7 of the Proclamation, even after their visa expires or they leave the United States.

Why Chad?

Chad remains an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorism. However, the Government in Chad does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, and several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIS-West Africa, and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb.

What types of visa are affected with the Presidential Proclamation?

The Issuance of B1, B2 and B1/B2 for Nationals of Chad is suspended.  Except diplomatic-type visa in these categories.

Does the presidential proclamation apply to students?

No, the Presidential proclamation does not apply to students.

Are there cases that could be considered for a waiver?

  • The Proclamation permits consular officers to grant waivers and authorize the issuance of a visa on a case-by-case basis when the applicant demonstrates to the officer’s satisfaction that:
  1. a) Denying entry during the suspension period would cause undue hardship;
  2. b) His or her entry would not pose a threat to national security or public safety of the United States; and
  3. c) His or her entry would be in the national interest.
  • As specified in the Presidential Proclamation, consular officers may issue visas to nationals of countries identified in the Proclamation on a case-by-case basis, when they determine – in coordination with consular management and other U.S. government officials as necessary – that issuance is in the national interest, the applicant poses no threat to the United States, and denial of the visa would cause undue harm.
  • An individual who wishes to travel to the United States should apply for a visa and disclose during the visa interview any information that might qualify the individual for an exception or for a waiver. In coordination with consular management, and following any required administrative processing, a consular officer will carefully review each case to determine if the applicant is affected by the Proclamation and, if so, whether the case qualifies for a waiver.