US issues new visa criteria for six muslim nations

The US has issued new visa criteria for 6 muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.

The new guidelines sent to the US embassies and consulates yesterday say that applicants from the six muslim nations including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen must prove a relationship with a US person or entity in the US. The new measures are expected to be implemented from today.

According to the State Department, Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships.

Government lawyers must determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered only broad guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.

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