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The guidelines state applicants must prove close relationships in the US, while extended family wouldn’t be considered close

The United States (US)  government has set new visa criteria for six Muslim – majority nations and refugees, requiring “close” family or business ties to the US.

The six countries whose inhabitants fall under the new executive order are – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

This move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored Donald Trump’s travel ban on Monday. The guidelines state that applicants must prove close relationships in the US, while extended family wouldn’t be considered close.

According to the new guidelines, the applicants from these six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US.

However, the US State Department will not consider grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members as close relatives, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all US embassies and consulates late on Wednesday.

The cable, that provides advice to the US consular officers on how to interpret the Supreme Court ruling, said broad categories would be exempted from the travel ban, such as those eligible for student visas, “as their bona fide relationship to a person or entity is inherent in the visa classification”.

Similarly, those eligible for family or employment based immigrant visa applications are exempt from the travel ban, the cable added.

The cable further said “a worker who accepted an offer of employment from a company in the United States or a lecturer invited to address an audience in the United States would be exempt” from the travel ban, but someone who simply made a hotel reservation would not count as someone with a bona fide relationship.

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