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Trump Travel Ban Revised: Visas To Be Granted, Conditions Apply

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| June 29 , 2017 , 14:50 IST

One of the biggest and controversial decisions announced by US President Donald Trump after he came into power was the blanket visa ban he placed on 6 Muslim-majority nations and on refugees. At long last, the decision to ban granting visas to people from the nations of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has been amended.  

After the Supreme Court of US amended President Trump's executive order on banning travel from select nations, the US State Department has distributed guidelines on granting visas to applicants from the 6 mentioned Muslim majority nations and to refugees in general.

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According to the guidelines, the visa applicant must have a close familial relation in the US, or be applying for a student visa or an employment based visa to be considered. Meanwhile booking a hotel for example in the US, would not be considered as 'employment' and would not be accepted.

The guidelines have specified in great detail, on what constitutes a 'close familial relationship'. Parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step-siblings and other stepfamily relations constitute close familial relations while 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.

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In addition, if the applicant specifies a relationship with a US entity, the relationship "must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the Executive Order."

It remains to be seen whether the current guidelines on granting Visas to the concerned nations will be revised further.