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>> A clear picture for US visas under the travel ban emerging late Wednesday. A State Department cable seen by Reuters saying, applicants from six Muslim majority countries and all refugees must show close family or business ties to be granted access to the United States. The guidelines cover citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
All of them named in President Donald Trump's March 6th Executive Order, which was partially restored by the Supreme Court this week. The cable says close family does not include extended relatives like grandparents or cousins. Trump's order also set up a 120 day block on refugee entry, but this week's court order says the ban doesn't apply to those with a bonafide relationship with a U.S. entity.
Meaning people with things like student visas or certain job offers are exempt. But the memo is unclear on a key question for American refugee agencies. Whether their efforts helping people overseas count as bonafide ties. The ban is set to last over the Summer before the court takes up the case in full this Fall.