The second version of the travel ban is currently blocked by two federal courts. Here are three important points to know for asylum seekers:
1. The second travel ban, unlike the first travel ban, does not prevent persons from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, who are already here in the US, to apply for asylum.
2. They also can still apply for work authorization, social security numbers, and banks accounts.
3. However, if you have been granted asylum and plan to bring your family members, make sure to consult with a lawyer, if you come from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
At the moment, the second travel ban remains blocked, and it is not yet clear of what is the next step. We will make sure to keep you informed with any new update, especially on how it affects asylum seekers.