Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds Exemptions

The secretaries of State and Homeland Security, in consultation with the attorney general, can authorize exemptions from the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG). See INA section 212(d)(3)(B).

Please see below for more information on each of these exemptions approved to date.

Situational Exemptions to Date: 

  • Material support under duress
  • Solicitation under duress
  • Military-type training under duress
  • Voluntary medical care
  • Certain applicants with existing immigration benefits
  • Iraqi uprisings
  • Certain limited material support
  • Insignificant material support

Group-Based Exemptions to Date:

  • 10 named organizations in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (CAA)
  • All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF)
  • All India Sikh Students Federation-Bittu Faction (AISSF-Bittu)
  • Certain Burmese groups
  • Democratic Movement for the Liberation of the Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK)
  • Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF)
  • Ethiopia People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP)
  • Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)
  • Iraqi National Congress (INC), Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
  • Kataeb militias
  • Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
  • Lebanese Forces
  • Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA)
  • Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
  • Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)
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