The Supreme Court recently reinstated certain portions of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.
As a result of the court’s decision, a revised version of the executive order officially went into effect at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 29th.
Here’s what you should know about how the revised executive order will affect travelers:
Who is banned from entering the U.S. under the revised executive order?
The executive order places a 90-day ban on individuals from six primarily-Muslim countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Refugees traveling to the U.S. from any country will also be banned for the next 120 days.
The only travelers that will not be denied entry under the ban are those that can establish a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity within the U.S. Attending a university, working for a U.S. business, or visiting a close family member are all circumstances that would constitute a bona fide relationship, according to guidelines provided by senior officials.
However, the Department of State has clarified that only certain relatives will count as “close family members,” including a parent, fiancée, spouse, child, an adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, as well as stepfamily relationships.
Other family members, such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws are not considered close family members.
Who is exempt from the ban?
The revised terms of the executive order do not apply to the following groups:
- U.S. citizens
- Dual nationals
- Individuals who currently have a valid visa
- Individuals who have been granted asylum
- Green card holders
- Visa applicants who were in the U.S. as of June 26th
- Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S.
- Travelers who can prove a “bona fide relationship” with an entity or person in the U.S.
Will visas be revoked?
The Washington Post reported that over 100,000 visas had been revoked as a result of the initial executive order issued earlier this year.
But, senior officials have confirmed that approved visas will not be revoked under the terms of the revised travel ban. In addition, previously scheduled visa application appointments will still take place.
The State Department and Department of Homeland Security reassured the press that there would not be chaos at airports across the country this time around because valid visas would no longer be revoked.
Will the revised travel ban be challenged in court?
There is no doubt that civil rights organizations, immigration advocacy groups, and other parties will challenge the terms of the revised in court.
In fact, shortly after the travel ban went into effect, the state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion asking the federal judge who blocked the original travel ban to rule that the government cannot ban certain family members from entering the U.S. based on the narrow definition of a “bona fide relationship.”
Experts predict that more legal action will be taken as travelers are denied entry under the conditions of the new ban.
Right now, only portions of the travel ban have been reinstated by the Supreme Court. The Court will issue a ruling on the remaining portions once it reconvenes for its next term in the fall.
If you or a family member has been affected by the revised travel ban that recently went into effect, seek legal representation from an experienced immigration attorney. There’s no time to waste—contact us today to discuss your case.