- Yemen, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia named in new order
- US courts had overturned Trump's last immigration order
- Trump had promised 'extreme vetting' of immigrants to counter terrorism
The revised order excludes Green card holders and those holding a valid visa. Refugees from Syria, who, according to the earlier list, were banned indefinitely, will now be banned for 120 days.
The White House said President Trump signed the order behind closed doors "this morning".
The revised order came after a federal appeals court refused to lift the suspension on the earlier travel ban, which temporarily barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States. It had resulted in chaos across airports and was promptly challenged in court.
In the new order, the language saying Christians were being persecuted in these countries has been removed.
The government is now expected to provide a notice and the opportunity to respond, which is seen as areas that can still be contested. The legal issues raised in the previous order -- including not giving due process under the fifth amendment to individuals -- is still expected to be a contentious issue.
"Extreme vetting will be put in place, and it already is in place in many places," President Trump had said. The administration, he said, "had to go quicker than we thought" because of the federal court's refusal to lift the suspension.