The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees that require a “close” family or business attach to the United States.
The move comes after the Supreme Court in part restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was broadly censured as a ban on Muslims.
The new guidelines sent to US embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six nations must demonstrate a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US.
This is according to a State Department link obtained by the Associated Press.
Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancées or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships.
Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalising criteria that visitors from six for the most part Muslim must meet to maintain a strategic distance from the Trump administration’s resuscitated travel ban.
The White House deliberations come as US embassies and consulates anticipate instructions later on Wednesday on the best way to execute the current week’s Supreme Court order that in part reinstated the ban after it was hindered by lower courts. The new measures are relied upon to be executed on Thursday.
The justices’ opinion exempts applicants from the ban on the off chance that they can demonstrate a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or element.
Government lawyers must determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered just expansive guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.