The Trump Administration stunned many citizens and non-citizens back in June when the travel ban they created that would affect people from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia was passed, with some reservations. Many were concerned on how the travel ban would affect their family and if it would limit their rights to enter into the U.S., however, more information regarding this aspect of the travel ban has been released.

Grandparents and Other Relatives are Temporarily Exempt from Trump’s Travel Ban

Although some aspects of Trump’s travel ban are still in full effect, there have been some modifications added as to who is permitted to enter the U.S. given they have a bona fide connection with someone already living here.
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of some aspects of Trump’s controversial travel ban and limited certain individuals from specific countries from entering into the U.S., those who had a bona fide connection to the U.S. were said to have been exempt. That didn’t include grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others. The “others” represented an unidentified group of individuals which left many families and even government officials feeling uneasy. One of the issues that was brought up back in June was the challenge state officials would face when having to identify someone as having a “bona fide connection.”
Now, the issue has been brought back to light and according to the Los Angeles Times, “The justices are leaving in place a lower-court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the United States.” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued an order to have certain family members added to the list of exempted relatives that wouldn’t be affected by the travel ban and while his order was accepted, families as well as immigration attorneys aren’t sure how long it will last.

Who is considered to have a bona-fide relationship and would be exempt from Trump’s travel ban?

You are considered to have bona fide connection with someone in the U.S. if you have any of the following types of relationships with that person:

  • Parent
  • Spouse
  • Fiancé
  • Son
  • Daughter
  • Son-in-law
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Sibling
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren
  • Brothers-in-law
  • Sisters-in-law
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Niece
  • Nephew
  • Cousin

While it is expected that you are exempt from the travel ban if you have a bona fide connection to someone already living here, if you are having an issue with getting into the U.S. and you feel you meet the criteria that permits you to be exempted, contact an immigration and deportation lawyer through now.

What aspects of Trump’s travel ban are still in full effect?

If you are having trouble with your visa or green card you have the right to stay in the U.S., get help from a local immigration attorney. can connect you with a legal professional now.
Watson also urged for refugees to be exempt from the travel ban who were formally working with a resettlement agency in the U.S, however, that order was blocked. And unfortunately, “up to 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to use that connection to get into the country.” But if you were to ask Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, they would have approved the Trump travel ban and its entirety if it was up to them [Source: CNN].
Luckily for all the individuals living in the U.S. who do have a relative residing in one of the six mostly Muslim countries listed in the travel ban, they aren’t the only Justices who have input on the matter. It is clear they as well as many other government officials haven’t exactly taken into consideration how this travel ban affects families and could potentially tear them apart from one another.
Although appeals to the travel ban have been issued, the Supreme Court hasn’t made any other rulings aside from the expanded list of relatives that have been added to the exemption list.

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