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About Section 7031(c)

In Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Congress provides that officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States when the Secretary of State has credible information that the foreign official has been involved, directly or indirectly, with significant corruption and/or a gross violation of human rights.

Variations of Section 7031(c) have been included in annual State and Foreign Operations Appropriations legislation since Fiscal Year 2008. Section 7031(c) requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate those persons found ineligible for entry into the United States and to report those designations to Congress on a quarterly basis. For those individuals publicly designated, the Department may issue a public statement naming the designees found ineligible for entry into the United States under Section 7031(c).

To date, the State Department has publicly designated over 149 individuals, including foreign officials and their immediate family members, under Section 7031(c).

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