This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision granting review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban against nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court will hear the decision in its first session of the next term next October (Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, case number 16-1436).

The Supreme Court also allowed certain parts of the entry ban to go into immediate effect. First, the Supreme Court granted the governments request to enforce section 2, except against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” This means that the administration can now enforce the ban against persons who “lack a bona fide connection to a U.S. person or entity.” For individuals, there is now a standard to show a close familial relationship. For businesses, the individual must document a formal relationship, formed in the ordinary course of business. Second, the Supreme Court also permitted the administration to proceed with its executive worldwide review of visa security policies in foreign countries, in accordance with the Ninth Circuit’s decision vacating this part of the injunction.

Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how this development may impact any upcoming travel plans.