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Posted: June 29, 2017

Trump travel ban: When does it start, whom does it affect?


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Trump travel ban: When does it start, whom does it affect?
Thousands of Canadians took part in a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban on Muslims during the National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on February 04, 2017. Canadians joined countries around the world in protesting against American President Donald Trump's executive order, banning citizens of seven majority Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya) from entering the United States for the next three months and banning Syrian refugees from indefinitely entering America. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that portions of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order can go forward before the justices hear arguments in the case. On Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, the ban on immigration from six predominantly Muslim nations will take effect.

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The court overturned a series of lower court rulings that had blocked the entire ban from going into effect, ruling that a complete ban went too far.

Here is what the ban entails.

Who is banned?

For the most part, foreign nationals from six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – will not be allowed to enter the country during the next 90 days. If you are a refugee from any country, you will not be allowed to enter the country during the next 120 days unless you are already holding a visa.

There are exceptions, Foreign nationals may enter the country if they have a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” with a person or an entity in the United States. What that means is someone wanting to enter the country must have a connection with a person – such as a parent, child, sibling, spouse, or son- or daughters-in-law – or with an entity -- such as a school, or if you have a job with a company in the United States.

The ban does not apply to someone – such as a professor – who is invited to address an American audience.

The State Department added Thursday that fiancées are allowed to receive visas under the new travel ban.

What about American citizens coming from abroad?

The ban does not apply to these four groups, or citizens of countries other than the ones listed above:

U.S. citizens

Those who hold green cards (legal permanent residents)

Current visa holders

People with dual nationalities

What happens next?

Arguments about the executive order are set for October. The ban is in effect for 90 days (120 for days for refugees.)


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