The United States (U.S.) has recently added Yemen, Somalia, and Libya to the “countries of concern” list, which is under its visa waiver program that is run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The recent addition to the aforementioned countries comes after U.S. policymakers demanded the U.S. make the visa procedures more stringent to individuals that have visited these war-torn nations since the inception of the Arab Spring.
These restrictions were first enforced after the Paris terrorist attacks in November; since then, foreign nationals that have attempted to obtain a visa to the United States have found themselves going through a rigorous screening process.
According to the U.S. Homeland Security Department, the new visa requirements will not automatically affect nationals from visa-waiver countries who also are dual nationals of Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.
The Homeland Security Department further added that each individual will be viewed on a case-by-case basis in the future.