Washington (Reuters): The White House announced on Saturday that US green card-holders will need additional screening before they can return to the United States, following the ban on 7 Muslim countries by President Trump.

According to Department of Homeland Security official, people holding green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in President Donald Trump's executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email, "It will bar green card-holders."

Later sought to clarify the situation, a senior White House official said that green card-holders who had left the United States and wanted to return would have to visit a US embassy or consulate to undergo additional screening .

The official said, "You will be allowed to re-enter the United States pending a routine rescreening."