Five months have passed since President Trump’s first executive order or travel ban. After one revision and federal courts deciding against it, the second version of the travel ban is in effect with limited effect according to the Supreme Court. The question remains, how will this affect your summer travel plans? And, who’s going to be affected by this?
The Supreme Court’s decision on 26 June means that people from six mainly Muslim nations and refugees will be temporarily barred from the US unless they have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the country. This is one of the most important points that differentiates both orders lowering the number of denied entries.
Who’s going to be affected?
The president’s order prohibits for 90 days the entry of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, unable to demonstrate a bonafide connection to the country.
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.
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 can’t 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
A lot has been said about the travel ban and how it will affect the influx of tourism coming from different countries, however, if you are planning to come to the U.S. or traveling with a national of any of the countries mentioned on the ban, you should be prepared for questioning. Some situations will be considered on a case-to-case basis, according to the state department, as long as the bonafide relationship is proven, there shouldn’t be any issues coming into the U.S.
The state Department said the limited ban would be implemented in a “professional, organized and timely” fashion, and chaotic scenes at airports are not expected this time around. However, travelers are cautious arriving at the airports with plenty of time and having all their documentation in place.