With a slew of travel restrictions in place, it’s important to be aware of your rights and to plan ahead, according a report from the Travelers Union.
It cites “two major factors” that make it a “challenge” for visitors to the US: the travel ban and visa restrictions.
As of January 2018, it says the US was experiencing a “fever of travel,” and the ban was a “worrying development.”
“As an international traveler who has made the decision to stay in the United States, you should be able to visit and do business in the country,” the report said.
“But, if you do not have an official US visa, you are not permitted to travel to the United State for business, and you are subject to an indefinite hold on the visa.”
The report also highlighted the “widespread concern about the safety and security of foreign workers.”
A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that a third of respondents to a survey said that “foreign workers who come to the country illegally” were “often subjected to harassment and mistreatment.”
The study also found that US workers who came to the U.S. from other countries faced “much greater difficulty securing employment” and “have more difficulty obtaining proper documentation to receive social security payments.”
According to the report, the number of visas issued to foreign workers increased by almost 100% between 2015 and 2017.
The US Department of Labor also issued more than 17,000 visa-free travel and employment permits to foreign nationals in 2017, compared to about 4,500 in 2015.
The Pew report also found an “unprecedented increase” in applications for green cards over the past five years, and the number granted was the highest since 2008.
The report cited a “strong surge” in requests from people from Africa, Latin America and Asia.