Visa applicants from 6 countries will have to prove relationship to U.S.
The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States.
The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Trump’s executive order on travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which was widely called a ban on Muslims.
The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates late Wednesday say 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.
According to a State Department cable obtained by The Associated Press, the new rules take effect Thursday.
Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships.
The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations that are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S.
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.