Muslim and African Ban Rescission: What It Means for Impacted Communities

What It Means for Impacted Communities

JANUARY 20, 2021

No Muslim Ban Ever, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and CAIR California

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a proclamation ending the Muslim and African bans. This proclamation repeals Executive Order 13780 and Proclamations 9645, 9723, and 9983, which were rooted in Islamophobia and anti-Blackness, and restricted entry into the United States for people from primarily Muslim and African countries. In this advisory, a project of our coalition with the No Muslim Ban Ever campaign, drafted by the attorneys at CAIR-SFBA and Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, we explain what the proclamation does and the work that remains to be done to undo the damage wrought by the bans.


The proclamation is effective January 20, 2021.

What the Proclamation Means

The United States government will no longer deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nationals of Libya, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Myanmar, Eritrea [footnote omitted], Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, and Venezuela, solely because of their country of nationality.

To download the entire 3-page advisory, click on the PDF icon, above.