The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for parts of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed. The Court did, however, impose strict limits on the travel ban that protect individuals who have a credible connection with an entity or person in the United States.
According to The New York Times, the travel ban should not affect most people who enter the country to attend a university, accept a job, visit a family member, or deliver a speech.
The executive order suspends the country’s refugee program for 120 days and bans nationals from Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, and Syria from entering the United States for 90 days. The Court’s ruling prevents the government from enforcing the travel ban against nationals from those countries unless they do not have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
As such, individuals from the six affected nations will not be able to enter the United States unless they have a “formal, documented” connection with a U.S. entity or a “close familial relationship” with someone already in the country. The Court specified that these relationships cannot be formed solely with the intention to avoid the travel ban.
If you or a family member intends to enter the United States—whether to visit, work, or permanently relocate—it is important that you have an up-to-date knowledge of U.S. immigration laws. Eric M. Mark is a green card attorney in New Jersey who is ready to answer your questions and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Call 973-453-2009 today to schedule a consultation at the Law Office of Eric M. Mark.
Who Will Have Trouble Entering the Country?
According to Immigration Impact, nationals may have difficulty entering the United States if they formed a bona fide relationship with an American entity or individual after June 26, 2017, or if they are tourists.
The Court used a mother-in-law and a spouse as examples of close familial relationships; however, it is not clear whether more distant relatives would be able to avoid the travel ban. Even if you have a qualifying relationship, you may have trouble entering the country if you do not intend to visit or live with the relative.
Individuals described below are unlikely to be affected by the travel ban:
- People with valid non-immigrant or immigrant visas issued on or before June 26, 2017;
- People who enter the country to attend a university;
- Workers who were offered employment with a U.S. company; and
- Lecturers who were invited to deliver a speech in the United States.
If you are worried that the travel ban might affect your ability to enter the United States, contact the Law Office of Eric M. Mark to discuss your situation with an immigration lawyer in New Jersey. Call 973-453-2009 today to schedule a consultation.