June 28, 2017
President Trump issued a Muslim Travel Ban earlier in the year prohibiting travel of foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. However, the Muslim Travel Ban was blocked by courts in various states. On Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on the Muslim Travel Ban to resolve the issue once and for all. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in October 2017.
Until a final decision is made, the Supreme Court has allowed a limited version of the Muslim Travel Ban to go back into effect. Here are five things you need to know about the reinstated Muslim Travel Ban:
- United States Citizens and Green Card holders (legal permanent residents) will NOT be affected.
- People traveling to the United States who have a family member, employer, or school in the United States will NOT be affected.
- People who have no relationship to the United States, whether via family, school, or employment, will NOT be permitted to enter, even if they have a valid visa.
- This limited application of the Muslim Travel Ban will be in effect until the Supreme Court makes a decision in fall 2017. At that time, the Supreme Court could decide to eliminate the ban completely or to implement it in FULL effect. In which case, people with valid relationships to the United States and valid visas will be affected again.
- If you are from one of the six banned countries, please consult with an attorney before traveling to ensure that proper documentation is prepared and ready for any questioning related to the Muslim Travel Ban.
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Sister Najmeh is the Founder and Lead Immigration Attorney at ImmigraTrust Law (www.ImmigraTrust.com), an immigration law practice in Sacramento, California, representing individual and corporate clients in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. Sister Najmeh can be reached at Najmeh@ImmigraTrust.com.
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