US enrolls new visa rules for six Muslim nations, refugees
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-Jun-2017

Washington, June 29: As soon as the Supreme Court of United States allowed parts of Muslim travel ban to go into effect on immediate basis, Trump administration has issued new criteria for 6 Muslim Nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the new criteria issued by Trump administration, visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the State Department on Wednesday. The new measures are expected to be implemented from today.

The new guidelines says that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S. However, Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships. Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked.

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.

Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption also does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules.

Interestingly, the Supreme Court of US partially lifted lower court injunctions against Trump’s executive order that had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six countries. The justices’ ruling exempted applicants from the ban if they could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, but the court offered only broad guidelines suggesting they would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the U.S. as to how that should be defined.

BACKGROUND:

President Donald Trump in the month of March this year signed a revised executive order barring travelers from six Muslim-majority countries to the United States or three months, and all refugees for four months. These countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. But this executive was challenged in lower courts where the order stayed completely. President Donald Trump said his top priority is focusing on the safety and security of the US and not targeting any religion.