Trump travel ban: US sets out criteria for visa applicants

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The original ban in January provoked protests at US airports

The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a “close” family or business tie to the US. The new guidelines were issued in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling partially restoring President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. Those with valid visas will not be affected. New applicants will be subject to the new requirements from Thursday night. The move comes after the US Supreme Court partially restored an executive order issued by President Trump that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims. The new guidelines define a close relationship as a parent, spouse, child, son or daughter-in-law, or sibling. US holds off expanding laptop ban However, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in laws or extended family or grandchildren do not meet the criteria. The six countries named are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen

Source: BBC

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