Las Vegas, Nevada (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Thursday to discuss a proposal to temporarily lift a ban on new passport applications from Iran and Syria, according to a White House statement.
The president has called for a “clean, fair, and compassionate” transition of the US immigration system, which he says has become overly complex and costly.
“President Trump’s continued support for a transition of immigration policies, and the administration’s support for the bipartisan reforms that would allow for these changes, is essential to preserving America’s national security and security-related policies,” Sandoval said in a statement.
Trump has been meeting with Sandoval this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss the new visa requirements and their potential effect on the tourism industry.
The travel ban will take effect on Jan. 6.
The Trump administration has not yet issued a formal request for information about the visa extension, but the governor’s office has said it is considering the possibility of accepting applications for a temporary waiver.
The governor is scheduled on Wednesday to meet again with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss efforts to reduce the refugee intake and the Syrian refugee crisis.