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The travel visa was originally designed to ease the burden of visa applications by allowing US citizens to spend a few days in the country while they work, study or visit family members overseas.
It was originally offered to those who wanted to visit family in Canada, and people who wanted the chance to visit their extended family in France, Germany or the Netherlands.
But after President Donald Trump announced that he would ban all visas for visitors from six Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – US citizens were left without a way to travel to the US for a period of two years.
The government said it would soon expand the number of countries covered by the travel visa from six to nine.
The US has more than 2.5m people who have a visa to travel abroad, which can be extended for as long as two years, the government said.
Some people who were not eligible for the travel visas before the ban are now eligible for them again.
But for many people, the visa has been an unmitigated disaster.
“It’s just been terrible.
There’s been a lot of problems, but at the same time, it’s very hard to stay in the United States,” said Laura Hwang, a freelance writer who came to the United Kingdom last month after working for the BBC.
The US visa was a welcome change, but it’s not working out so well for US citizens.
“The visa is actually not much help,” said Karen Averill, an associate professor of law at the University of Toronto.
“What you need is a special type of immigration permit that allows you to come to the country and apply for a visa that allows for the same visa for a different purpose, and then you can enter the US.”
The current visa for US residents requires a $1,000 application fee and a $2,000 visa fee.
US citizens are already required to pay more to obtain a green card.
“If you apply for your visa on a regular basis, the process is much shorter,” Ms Hwang said.
But it’s been difficult to find the money for a new visa, especially in the face of Trump’s travel ban, which she said “wasn’t really intended to be a temporary solution”.
“The fact that it’s still happening is really scary,” Ms Averil said.
Ms Averili said the visa is still in limbo for many US citizens who have been forced to leave the country due to Trump’s restrictions, with a number of people unable to visit relatives overseas or due to the new travel restrictions.
“They are essentially being told to stay at home because of Trump,” Ms Tung said.
“There are a lot people who need a little bit more help.”
While the new visa does provide some relief to US citizens, it does not solve all of the country’s problems, she said.
There are some people who cannot afford the visa, and those are not able to go back to their home country, she added.
“I would be more than happy to let people go back home and see their family,” Ms Loh said.US citizens who are in the USA temporarily must have a work permit, and can apply for temporary resident status if they have to relocate for the duration of the visa.US citizen Hwang and other US citizens living abroad are unable to apply for permanent resident status while the US ban is in place, as they cannot apply for their US citizenship while the visa ban is still being enforced.
There have been a number other legal issues for US nationals who have tried to apply.
Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that US citizens could still file a lawsuit to challenge the ban.
But the court said the issue would be decided on the merits of the case and that it was not the place to address the issue of US citizens’ constitutional rights.