CAM advocates with the U.S. officials, Congress and other stakeholders, asking the administration to lift the Travel Ban which bans Chin families from Chin State in Burma here in the United States.
A recent Presidential Proclamation 9983 (P.P. 9983) was issued on January 31, 2020 to restrict issuance of immigrant visas to six countries which includes Burma. P.P. 9983 is effective as of February 21, 2020. Many Chins have become U.S. citizens and have applied for their immediate relatives including parents, children, wife and husband to reunite with them in the United States. P.P. 9983 states that “Special Immigrant Visas may be eligible for a waiver of P.P. 9645’s visa restrictions, as determined by a consular officer”.
P.P. 9983 is an expansion of P.P. 9946 which restricts visas to seven countries. There are 13 countries: Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Source: State Department’s website: P.P. 9645 and P.P. 9983 – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/presidential-proclamation-archive/presidential-proclamation9645.html?wcmmode=disabled