If you or a loved one will be traveling to the United States during the ban, you may send traveler information to us at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) so that we can ensure someone is looking out for your rights. Please use the form here to submit traveler information.
*UPDATE: Since the time of our first posting, the administration has announced an adjustment to the ban’s exceptions with regard to fiancés. Fiancés are now to be considered a bona fide close familial relationship. As new information comes in, we will update this page to reflect the basic rules and exceptions of the ban.
**UPDATE: Since the time of our posting, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii held that “the government cannot use the executive order to “exclude grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States,” nor can it exclude refugees who “have a formal assurance from an agency within the United States that the agency will provide, or ensure the provision of, reception and placement services to that refugee, or are in the U.S. Refugee Admission Program through the Lautenberg Program.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to allow President Trump’s Arab and Muslim Ban to proceed, the Ban will go into effect on June 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM EST. Here is what you need to know:
The ban will suspend entry and visa issuance for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The Department of State has released additional information on the implementation of the ban, summarized below.
To establish a “bona fide relationship” with an individual, you must have a close familial relationship with a person in the United States (this includes parents, spouses, children, adult children, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, counsins, brothers in law or sisters in law). This does NOT include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law,** fiancés,* extended family members.
To establish a “bona fide relationship” with an entity, you must demonstrate a formal, documented relationship formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading the Executive Order. This includes current or accepted students who provide documentation of their enrollment at a U.S. university or institution, workers who have accepted and provide documentation of an offer of employment from a company in the U.S., and lecturers who have been invited to address an audience in the U.S and provide documentation of this formal arrangement.
This suspension of entry and visa issuance will last for 90 days. If you are already inside the U.S. or currently hold a valid visa, the suspension will not apply to you even if your visa expires or you leave the U.S. For those who are NOT exempt as described above, waivers still may be granted on a case-by-case basis where consular officers determine that denying entry would cause undue hardship, entry would not pose a threat to national security, or would be in the national interest.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) will be suspended for 120 days, except for cases where an applicant has a credible claim.