Jun 29, 2017

Date: 06/29/2017

Client Alert: Limited Travel Ban to Take Effect Today

After an intense battle in the federal courts, Donald Trump’s travel ban will go into effect at 8 p.m. (EST) tonight. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the test for foreign nationals entering the U.S. will be whether one has a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” with either an entity (such as a school of employer) or a person living in the U.S. (such as a spouse). To confirm, this will apply only to individuals from the following 6 countries: Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. If an individual from one of these countries cannot establish evidence of this bona fide relationship, they will be banned from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

The earlier versions of the travel ban which were implemented earlier this year were met with confusion and frustration as consular and border officials struggled to interpret and apply the ban to foreign nationals entering the U.S. As such, it is now believed that the following categories of individuals will be excluded from the travel ban and will be permitted to enter the U.S. without restrictions:

• US Citizens

• Legal Permanent Residents

• Current visa holders

• Any visa applicant who was in the US as of June 26

• Dual nationals

• Anyone granted asylum

• Any refugee already admitted to the US

Most importantly, visas that have already been approved will not be revoked.

As the implementation of the travel ban is rolled out over the coming weeks, we expect to receive further guidance and clarification. Again, we emphasize that the travel ban will only apply to individuals from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the impact of the new travel ban, we urge you to reach out to your Nair Law Group representative.,