US State Department reverses visa cancellations as judge suspends travel ban

WASHINGTON — The US State Department on Saturday reversed revocation of visas for foreigners under a travel ban which was suspended Friday by a federal judge.

The department said that the foreigners covered by the travel ban who hold a valid visa now may travel to the United States.

The move came after federal judge James Robart in Seattle, Washington state, ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s executive order on the travel ban would be suspended nationwide, effective immediately.

Up to 60,000 visas for citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries covered by the ban, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia, were “provisionally revoked” under the January travel ban, which triggered worldwide criticism and protests. PNA/