Malcolm Turnbull confirms Australian dual-nationals can enter the United States

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed Australian dual-nationals will be able to travel to and from the United States as normal, following President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.

Mr Turnbull confirmed the development following a call from Australia’s ambassador to the US in Washington Joe Hockey.

“Australian passport holders will be able to travel to the United States in the same way they were able to prior to the executive order,” Mr Turnbull told Sky News on Tuesday.


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It comes after a 15-year-old Melbourne boy spoke out after he was refused entry to the U.S.

Pouya Ghadirian was born in Australia, to Iranian parents, and he was trying to travel to America for a school camp when he was turned away.

Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure at home and abroad over his decision to ban refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries for 120 days.

Washington will be the first state to take on the executive order, announcing an effort to sue in federal court with Governor Jay Inslee calling it an insult and danger to everyone in his state.

Trump’s move has also drawn criticism from traditional allies like the UK and Germany.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to condemn or praise the actions of the U.S.