A new development has risen on the Muslim Ban that was put in by Trump’s administration after he came into office, which will be partially enforced from Thursday. A leaked guideline distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday defines new strict rules for those applying for an American visa.

It now says visa applicants from the six Muslim-majority countries MUST have family ties in the US or formal ties to a US entity in order to get the US visa.

Under a Close Family Tie, the Following Relations Have been Included: 

  • Parents
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Adult Son/Daughter
  • Son-in-Law/ Daughter-in-law
  • Sibling
  • Step Siblinb/ Father/ Mother

The 6 Countries that Fall into the Category of Muslim-Majority Countries are: 

  1. Somalia
  2. Libya
  3. Sudan
  4. Yemen
  5. Syria
  6. Iran

The news has caused an uproar as refugees making their way to U.S will now have to turn back unless they have ‘close’ family in the country.

Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all US embassies and consulates late on Wednesday.

The order has been passed for the 6 Muslim-majority countries for now but many have wondered how long it would take Trump to include more countries in the list.

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