United States lays out criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations
Applicants for visas from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close US family relationship or formal ties with a US entity to be admitted to the US under the direction of the State Department of State United. The directive defines a family as a father, husband, son, adult son, son, daughter or brother, including siblings and other family-to-family relationships, according to a cable distributed to all US diplomatic posts on Wednesday and accessed by Reuters.
Immediate family “does not include grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters in marriage and any other extended family member according to the cable, for the first time by the Associated Press. Committed, grandparents and grandchildren were not considered a close family relationship.
He also said that the relationship with an American entity “has been formally documented and made in the ordinary course, rather than in order to escape OE,” referring to the executive order signed by US President Donald Trump of March 6 to prohibit most US travel by citizens of the six countries for 90 days. The cable advises consular officials in the United States on how to interpret the Supreme Court decision on Monday that allowed for the enforcement of that part of the order that has been blocked by lower courts while the highest court in the United States considers the question.
The six countries included in the executive order are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The travel ban will take effect Thursday 8 pm EDT (GMT midnight) said the cable. He was asked about the directives taken Wednesday the State Department declined to comment on internal communications. The cable language closely mirrors the Supreme Court’s order prohibiting travel, but it appeared to be a limited interpretation in some areas, including the definition of immediate family.
It was unclear whether Wednesday night’s ruling by the State Department’s court order could trigger further claims by opponents of the ban. Several immigration lawyers expressed surprise on Wednesday that committed couples, grandparents and grandchildren were not covered.
“This language is very disappointing,” said Johnathan Smith, Legal Counsel for Muslim Defenders, a civil rights group. “Establishing a close relative to exclude grandparents, cousins and other relatives defies common sense and goes directly against the intent of the Supreme Court order.” The directive gave several examples of what could constitute a good faith relationship with a US entity and said broad categories would be exempt from travel ban, such as those that are eligible for student visas, “because of their relationship Good faith with a person or entity that is inherent in the classification of visas. ”
Similarly, people eligible for immigrant visas with family or employment are exempt from the travel ban, the cable said. “A worker who accepted a job offer from a company in the United States or a guest speaker to address a hearing in the United States would be exempt” from the ban, said the order, but someone one who just made one Hotel reservation would not be considered to have a good faith relationship.
Trump’s order also imposed a 120-day ban on entry into the United States by refugees. However, the Supreme Court order said the ban did not cover refugees “who can actually claim a good faith relationship with a person or entity” in the United States. The orientation of the State Department was not clear on what US refugee protection organizations consider a key issue: whether their relations with refugees seeking to reach the United States is a good faith relationship.
Consulates should continue to interview applicants for so-called diversity visas, which are granted to people in countries where they generally do not send a large number of people in the United States, according to cable. In 2015, some 10 500 citizens from the six countries banned for diversity lottery visas were selected, according to figures from the State Department. The travel ban will likely prevent these visas for citizens of the six countries, according to the cable, stating that “we expect that very few DV applicants are likely to be excluded from the suspension of entry or OPA to qualify