A revised version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban goes into effect Thursday, following the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate some of the restrictions until it hears a case regarding the ban in the fall.
After initial confusion over the Court’s decision, the State Department issued guidelines Wednesday clarifying who would be included in the revised ban. The measure affects U.S.-bound travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
The revised travel ban takes effect at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Here’s what to know about it:
Who can still come in?
- Legal permanent residents (green card holders) of the U.S.
- Those who have already been approved for a short-term visa
- Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S.
- Dual nationals
- Workers who have been offered employment by a U.S. company
- Students who have been accepted to a U.S. university
- Foreign nationals who have a close relative living in the U.S. This includes, according to the cable, a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling (full, half or step)
Who cannot come in?
- Anyone not included in the above section who lacks what the Supreme Court said is a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. A school or job should constitute as an acceptable entity, but a hotel reservation, for example, would not count.
- Foreign nationals without a “close” relative living in the U.S. According to the AP, this includes grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and fiancés
- First-time tourists
There are a few other unique scenarios to keep in mind as well. Refugees who have applied to enter the U.S. but have not yet been approved could be prevented from entering, for instance.
A “bona fide relationship,” meanwhile, doesn’t have to be an offer of employment, acceptance into a school or the presence of close family members in the U.S. An academic lecturer could be invited to speak at an American university, for example, or a foreign journalist might seek entry for an assignment. Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis so long as travelers have the proper documentation and U.S. entities are not inviting them over merely to circumvent the ban, the AP reports.
The State Department’s guidelines should help to clear up confusion about the partial travel ban. But questions remain about how the ban will actually be implemented. And some commentators, including Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas, have warned the revised ban will simply invite more litigation.
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