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The Embassy of the United States of America, in Colombo today announced that the new US administration has not made any changes to the existing visa policy regarding Sri Lankan applicants.

The US Embassy in Colombo accordingly rejected all media reports pertaining to the matter.

The US Embassy in Colombo said, “US visa policy in regards to Sri Lanka has NOT changed. Rumors to the contrary are false.”

Several media outlets circulated reports containing new regulations for Sri Lankan visa applicants following the Executive order issued by US President Donald Trump restricting travel for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Last month, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The executive order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — or at least 218 million people, based on 2015 data published by the World Bank — from entering the United States.

Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as “countries of concern.”

But the executive order also makes clear those seven countries are just a starting point for a likely broader ban.
The order exempts diplomats and members of international organizations from the ban.

The move, which has raised a series of legal questions, sparked protests around the country as people who had previously been approved to come to the United States were being detained at airports.

The Embassy of the United States of America, today informed the public to visit the following address for more information on visa.


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