Department of State Has Expanded Authority to Revoke Visas

Department of State Has Expanded Authority to Revoke Visas

A new rule went into effect on April 27th giving consular officers authority to revoke a visa subsequent to issuance of the visa. Consular officers may now revoke a visa even when the visa holder is already in the US. Foreign travelers in the US whose visa has been revoked may be deported by the government. There is no judicial review of the decision to revoke a visa.

DOS may determine that a visa should be revoked when information reveals that the applicant was originally, or has since become, ineligible or may be ineligible to possess a U.S. visa. Traditionally, DOS has exercised its authority to revoke only when necessary to advance national security and/or foreign policy interests.

If DOS revokes an individual's visa, the information will be uploaded into the Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS) database and the foreign national may not use the visa for travel to the US. Although DOS will seek to notify the traveler, the revocation is effective even if the traveler was not made aware of the revocation.