Following US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entrance of citizens from seven Muslim countries into the US, Israelis who were born in these countries now fear that they will no longer be able to enter the US.


Illustration Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After US President Donald Trump announced an immediate ban on citizens of seven Muslim countries, Israelis who were born in those countries fear they will have difficulty entering the United States. As a significant portion of the Israeli population emigrated from the countries included in this executive order, it may be challenging for them to travel to the United States. In addition, other Israelis are concerned that Trump will soon limit eligibility to obtain US work visas.

At this stage, Israeli officials are uncertain as to the extent that the temporary order will affect Israelis who were born in these seven countries–as even the US government officials find the guidelines unclear. Channel 2 News representatives contacted officials at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, who are currently awaiting a response from Washington on how to proceed.

Israelis fear there many be limits on US travel and work visas

Israelis fear there many be limits on US travel and work visas Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

In addition, Channel 2 News contacted Ben Gurion Airport staff regarding the management of entry and exit of Israeli citizens born in those countries but no guidelines remain have been received.

Furthermore, many Israelis are concerned about potential limitations of work visas to the United States. As part of Trump initiative to limit foreign workers, claims were made throughout his campaign to limit the issuance of US visas. Israeli high-tech executives may find difficulty expanding their businesses or obtaining the relevant work permits.