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The US travel ban goes into effect: This is how it will work

Impact of the ban will be felt around the world

After two executive orders and several court rulings, on June 30th, the US travel ban went into effect in all airports in America and consular offices around the world. Many people from Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya or Yemen are temporarily banned from getting visas for the next 90 days while the federal government reviews the vetting procedures. Refugees too will not be welcome for the next 120 days. This is a move targeting to ensure that terrorists will not infiltrate into the United States.

Only close family members can travel to the US

The new guidelines set by the court, insist that visa applicants must prove to have a relationship with a spouse, fiancée, parent, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to enter the country.

The criteria is exceptionally specific as family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and any other extended family members will not be considered “close family” under the executive order.

The State Department criteria do not only apply to visa applicants, but also to all refugees who are currently awaiting approval for admission to the United States.

Supreme Court justices said the government could not prevent people who have well-established connections to the United States from coming into the country. Business travelers or people with university admission and invitations to lecture are among those connections.

The following categories of travelers are excluded from the travel ban:

  • US citizens
  • Legal permanent residents (green card holders)
  • Current visa holders
  • Visa applicants in the US before June 27th.
  • Anyone granted asylum
  • Any refugee already admitted or cleared to the US
  • Foreign nationals with "bona fide" family, educational or business tie to the US.

While the US Supreme Court allowed parts of the revised order to be implemented straight away, it will consider the government’s full case in October.

The developments of the travel ban have been in process for months now. The first executive order was halted by the courts in February. Just hours before a revised version of that order was due to go into effect in March, a judge suspended it nationwide. The US administration filed a new executive order, which is now partly in effect.

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