Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents not subject to U.S. travel ban

22 Mar 2023

Dual Citizens with a Canadian Passport Are Allowed into the U.S.

What a weekend, – politically speaking!

As you may or may not know, President Trump Trump issued an executive order Friday blocking people from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the U.S. and suspending refugee immigration for four months.

The federal government sought to clarify facts concerning this development, which imposed a travel ban on citizens of the predominantly Muslim countries that were identified. Canadian citizens and permanent residents with roots in those countries can still cross the border.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen indicated that the White House has given assurances that permanent residents of Canada can enter the U.S. provided they have a valid Canadian permanent resident card and passport from one of the seven affected countries. It was initially uncertain whether Canadians who are also citizens of the affected countries would be allowed to cross the U.S. border. The U.S. State Department said that dual citizens were included in the ban. Canada received no prior warning that the ban was to be imposed. American officials have made no further comment on the ban and how it affects Canada. Instead, they are relaying their position through their Canadian counterparts. While this represents a bit of a relief for Canadians, it still affects countless family members and individuals.

Minister Hussen assured those affected who are flying through Canada to the U.S., that Canada would provide temporary residency if required. A number of passengers on Canadian flights this weekend, were denied boarding as a result of the ban.

“Every country has the right to determine their policies. I can only tell you that we will continue our long-standing tradition of being open to those who seek sanctuary,” – Ahmed Hussen

Regardless of the clarification, the ban itself has created uncertainty and anxiety about travelling to the United States. Members of the Iranian-Canadian community have indicated rumours exist of people facing extensive questioning at U.S. airports.

Minister Hussen added that should any Canadians experience problems entering the U.S., they should seek consular assistance by calling 613-996-8885.