On Friday President Obama announced the end of a ban on travel to the United States by people infected by the HIV virus.
A rule lifting the ban would be published on Monday and would become effective after a 60-day waiting period, the New York Times reported.
The United States is one of a dozen countries that restrict entry to travelers based on their HIV status. The ban has been active for 22 years, but will be lifted after the new year, msnbc.com reported.
Former President George W. Bush began the process of lifting the ban last year by signing legislation that repealed the law on which the ban was based. Though it was passed by Congress the ban remained effective.
The ban was enacted in 1987 at a time when society believed that HIV could be transmitted by physical or respiratory contact. It effectively barred thousands of students, tourists and refugees from entering the US.
When the ban is lifted, foreigners will not be required to take a test for AIDS when applying to become residents of the US.