United States Department from Wednesday 13th September 2017 stop issuing certain kinds of visas to selected citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone. This is because of their refusal to take back deportees from the United States of America.
1. Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone sanctions will see only Foreign Ministry and immigration officials denied tourist and business visas at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.
2. Cambodia: Only Foreign Ministry employees at or above the rank of director general, and their families, who apply inside Cambodia, will be barred from getting some visas for personal travel.
3.Guinea: The US will no longer issue a range of tourist, business and student visas to government officials and their immediate family members who apply from inside the country.
4. Eritrea: Eritrean who applies in their own country for most U.S. business or tourist visas to the United States, will be rejected.
According to Tillerson (Secretary of State), this decision will be lifted in a country, if it accepted its deportees.
There are exceptions which will honour application from citizens of the four nations who apply for visas from outside their countries, as well as exceptions on humanitarian grounds or for travel “deemed in the interest of the United States”. This policy does not affect visas already granted.
Sierra Leone has agreed to receive 27 of its citizens deported from the US, foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Turay confirmed to the BBC. Sierra Leone embassy in Washington DC will give emergency travel documents to the 27 people who will be brought back home within the next 30 days.