Last week, a federal district court in Hawaii held that a bona fide relationship with a person also includes grandparents and other close relatives. In response, the State Department instructed embassies and consulates to consider grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and first cousins when determining whether a visa applicant has a bona fide relationship with a United States Citizen.
Again, embassies and consulates may consider these relationships; this does not mean that a visa applicant with such a relationship will not be excluded from the United States. It is crucial that all visa applicants, and their sponsors, employers, and educators be proactive, informed, and represented by counsel in all visa applications and foreign travel matters, to prevent any travel-related problems.
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