Who Can Travel to the U.S. Under New Travel Ban?

By Paul Riegler on 29 June 2017
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JFKNoEntry(2)The State Department issued new guidelines late Wednesday to U.S. embassies and consulates clarifying which travelers and refugees are considered “close family” and are therefore exempt under a limited travel ban against visitors from six Muslim-majority countries.

Enforcement of the guidelines will commence on Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Under the new rules, relatives to be considered “close family” are “defined as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step relationships.” The guidelines do not include “grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other ‘extended’ family members.”

The move follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that allows a significantly narrowed version of President Trump’s second executive order banning travel from the six countries to take effect.

The court plans to hear arguments in October on the ban but allowed it to go into effect until it issues a final ruling, exempting anyone who had “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The executive order covers foreign visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

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