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United States Department of State

Jul 18, 2017

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under the Executive Order banning certain visa applicants and refugees from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
In June, the United States Supreme Court allowed the implementation of the Travel Ban to proceed with a certain limitation: that visa applicants with a bona fide relationship with a United States person or entity are exempt from the ban. » Read More

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