Know Your Rights – اعرف حقوقك

The executive orders known as Muslim Ban 1.0 and 2.0, signed by President Trump on January 27 and March 6, respectively, caused great confusion and uncertainty for many travelers, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

In an effort to offer some clarity on how the current status of these orders may affect individuals, IRAP will regularly publish and update “Know-Your-Rights” guides.

Know Your Rights: Immigration & Asylum in the US under the Executive Order

KYR GuideIn partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and with the assistance of Journey’s End Refugee Services (JERS), IRAP and and important law firm partners have prepared this “Know-Your-Rights Guide” to assist the public, particularly current and potentially impacted individuals, in understanding the travel and refugee bans of the current Executive Order. This “Know-Your-Rights Guide” is written in a question-and-answer format and divided into three sections: (1) the scope of the Executive Order’s travel and refugee bans; (2) the implementation of the Executive Order’s travel and refugee bans; and (3) rights and legal recourse for impacted individuals.

This “Know-Your-Rights Guide” is meant to provide a high-level overview for informational purposes only and is not meant to provide legal advice. For legal assistance for affected individuals, we recommend reaching out to the contacts identified in Appendix A. Please note that the situation is very fluid at this time and could change quickly. Thomson Reuters Foundation and IRAP will undertake every effort to keep this document up to date as the situation develops.

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For shorter summaries of the Know-Your-Rights guide and other languages, please see below:

For travelers seeking info about the revised Executive Order signed on March 6, 2017, please read our Know-Your-Rights document (also available in عربي [Arabic] and in سى [Farsi]).

For those who have been directly affected by the travel ban (or who represent someone who has), please read this cover letter and fill out a questionnaire (in عربي [Arabic]Englishفارسى [Farsi]af Soomaali [Somali]) and email it to our email hotline (address is in the file).