United States President,Donald Trump has set new conditions for visa applicants from the six Muslim nations: Iran, Libya , Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
According to the criteria,these applicants must now have a “close” family or business tie to the US.
The new rules take effect today; Thursday, according to the cable sent to the embassies.
The new conditions is coming few days after the Supreme Court partially restored US President Trump’s executive order, popularly called the “Travel Ban,”
With this latest development, new visa applicants from Iran, Libya , Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will have to prove they have a relationship with a spouse, parent, child, adult daughter, adult son, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, or sibling that is already in the US.
The new visa requirements will also apply to would-be refugees from nations awaiting approval for admission to the US.
But those visas already approved will remain valid and will not be revoked.
According to the guidelines that were issued to all US Embassies and consulates today,those not considered a close member of the family according to the new directive includes: grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Others not considered to be close are cousins, brothers-in-laws, and sisters-in-laws, fiancés, or other extended family members .