President Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban goes into effect tonight after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted key parts of lower court injunctions on Monday.
Late Wednesday the White House issued new visa rules and restrictions on travelers from six terror-linked Muslim countries — Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, and Yemen. The new set of visa rules limits entry to Muslim visitors who have “close ties” to family or businesses in the U.S.
Travelers from the six terror-linked countries can visit the U.S. if they have close family members already living in the U.S. The government defines “close” family ties to mean: children, parents, in-laws, or spouses.
The government does not consider grandparents, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, fiancés, fiancées or other extended family members to be close family ties.
According to the Associated Press: “As far as business or professional links are concerned, the State Department said a legitimate relationship must be ‘formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading’ the ban.”
The same rules will also apply to refugees trying to enter the U.S.
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