US toughens visa rules for 6 Muslim-majority countries: Report

Srinagar, Jun 29

Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close US family relationship or formal ties to a US entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday, a media report said today.

The guidance defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step-siblings and other stepfamily relations, according to a copy of a cable distributed to all US diplomatic posts and seen by news agency Reuters.

The cable, first reported by the Associated Press, said close family “does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés, and any other ‘extended’ family members,” the report said.

It also specified that any relationship with a US entity “must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the EO,” a reference to US President Donald Trump’s March 6 executive order barring most U.S. travel by citizens of the six nations for 90 days, the report said.

The six nations whose citizens are covered by the executive order are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, the report said.

 

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