Visa ap­pli­cants from 6 coun­tries will have to prove re­la­tion­ship to U.S.

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

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