Citizens and refugees from six predominantly Muslim countries will need to prove that they have an authentic and strong relationship with an American living in the U.S. in order to qualify for a visa. The travel ban, which goes into effect today, does not apply to students and journalists.


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After U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court win, the new criteria for U.S. entry visas from six Muslim-majority countries were released. The new guidelines even apply to refugees from the countries after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to partially accept Trump’s controversial travel ban against citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

According to the new criteria, those requesting a visa must sufficiently prove that they have a genuine relationship with a parent, sibling, spouse, adult son or daughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law who is an American living in the U.S. The memo that was sent to U.S. posts overseas stated that grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, fiancées, fiancés and other extended relatives do not constitute close relationships and therefore fail to meet the criteria to qualify for a visa.

The U.S. State Department added that the relationship needs to be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the travel ban. In addition, it was clarified that the ban, which goes into effect on Thursday, does not apply to journalists and students.