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Memo signals Obama administration is close to repealing HIV Travel and Immigration Ban

Here’s an e-mail I received today from Steve Ralls, communications director of Immigration Equality:

I wanted to let you know that there has been a new, and encouraging, development in the repeal of the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban.

Yesterday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues a memo which instructs USCIS officers to place a hold on any green card applications which would otherwise be denied simply due to the applicant’s HIV status.  The hold is pending release of the final HHS rule change which will completely eliminate the ban.

The memo signals that the administration is very close to final repeal of the ban, and is now instructing agencies to be ready for the change.  USCIS is clearly expecting guidance from HHS very soon, and has decided to hold applications by HIV-positive applicants rather than deny them, as the new rule will no longer prohibit their entry into the country.

Here’s the memo:

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