After months of speculation and rumors, as well as numerous visits at the courts, president’s Donald Trump’s new travel ban - the so-called “watered down” version-, is ready to go into effect, starting with 8 PM ET, this Thursday.
According to the new act, if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen or Sudan, you are banned for 90 days if you don’t have a “credible claim or bona fide relationship” with an entity or a person living in the United States. If you are a refugee from any country, the ban extends to 120 days, under the same conditions.
New rules for those who want to travel to the United States
CNN Politics reveals that the new guidelines were sent to US embassies and consulates this Wednesday, so that applicants can prove their relationships with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US, if they want to enter the country.
The new travel ban doesn’t consider fiancees, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and any other “extended” family members as “close family”, so none of them can help a visitor from the above-mentioned countries or a refugee enter the US.
The same criteria applies to all refugees who are currently waiting approval for admission.
Changes are expected
The final guidelines have not yet been posted, neither by the State Department or the Department of Homeland security, so we won’t be surprised if the final version of the travel ban will be slightly different.
Of course, advocacy groups are planning to send researchers to US airports, in order to closely observe the implementation of the ban, in case of unpleasant situations or disputes.