The United States is tightening immigration restrictions on some Canadians and residents in the United States.
The new restrictions, announced Monday, include a freeze on the issuance of visas to the country’s citizens, as well as restrictions on visa issuance to non-citizens from the following countries: Burma, Eritrea, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The measures will affect Canadians and citizens of the following other countries: Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The US Department of Homeland Security says it is considering whether the new measures apply to other countries.
The freeze on Canadian visas will not apply to anyone already on a valid US visa, and will apply to individuals already in the US.
Canada and the US will be able to issue visas to each other under a special program, which was created in 2016.
The program allows US citizens and permanent residents to travel to Canada and to the United Kingdom without a visa for 90 days and stays on a temporary visitor visa for up to 90 days.
The Trump administration has already imposed several restrictions on the use of the US-Canada Border Patrol.
Canadian officials have said they will take a similar approach.
“As we’re going to be following closely, as soon as possible, with this announcement, we’re prepared to follow up with our consular services,” said Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“We’ll follow up on this as soon the necessary guidance is available.”
The Trump government announced it would begin imposing the new restrictions Monday.
“The United States has become a magnet for illegal immigrants and criminals,” said US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
“Canada will continue to work with the United Nations and other international partners to close the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.”