President Trump new criteria for visa applicants are going into effect tonight now that the Supreme Court has allowed some of his travel ban to move forward, according to AP. Here is your guide to navigating the new protocols:
Who’s affected: New visa applicants from 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and all refugees will be required to have a close family or business tie to the United States. This caveat will also affect the government’s lottery of visas that randomly awards 50 Thousands green cards each year to those in countries with low rates of immigration to the America (Note: If you have a visa that’s already been approved, it will not be revoked.)
- Family ties that don’t count: Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law, fiancees & other extended family members in the U.S. — because they aren’t considered “bonafide” relationships.
- Family ties that count: Relations to a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling in the U.S.
- Business ties that count: The State Department writes they must be “formal, documented & formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Valid relationships include students, workers, and reporters or lecturers who have valid invitations or contracts in the U.S. Hotel reservations and car rentals do not count, even if they are prepaid.
- This will work for infants, adopted children, or those in need of urgent medical care.
- This will also work for those traveling for business with a recognized international organization or the U.S. government.
- Consular officers can grant exemptions if applicants have previously established “significant contacts” with the United States or “significant business or professional obligations” in the U.S.
Timing: These guidelines will remain in effect until the Supreme Court issues a final decision on the case. SCOTUS is set to hear arguments in October.