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Who Will the President’s Travel Ban Impact?

The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to implement few parts of President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans the entry of individuals from certain Muslim-majority countries to the U.S. His executive order also bans refugees from gaining entry into the U.S. for 120 days.

The Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. government can only ban individuals who do not have a bona fide relationship with someone or with an entity in the U.S. This means individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who have a familial relationship with someone in the U.S. will be allowed to enter into the U.S. However, anyone who establishes a relationship just to avoid the travel ban may not be allowed to gain entry into the country. The travel ban has gone into effect from June 29, 2017.

Nationals from the above-mentioned countries who hold valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas that were issued before June 26, 2017, can travel to the U.S. Likewise, the travel ban will not affect individuals who hold valid visas and who are coming to live with or meet their family members. This applies to those who have a close familial relationship with the person in the U.S. However, this may not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Students from the banned countries who have been admitted into U.S. universities, foreign workers who have job offers in the U.S. and lecturers from the banned countries who have been invited to address an audience in the U.S. will still be allowed to travel to the U.S.

People who form bona fide relationships with individuals in the U.S. after June 26, 2017, to avoid travel ban, may have trouble entering the U.S. Tourists from the banned countries who are coming to visit the U.S. and not to visit their family members may not be granted entry into the country.

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