February 11th, 2019
Travel Ban Reinstated after 9th Circuit Issues Stay
A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday granted a preliminary stay of the lower court’s injunction, which had prevented the administration from enforcing the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban. The current version of the travel ban applies to nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
In granting the stay, the court cited the Supreme Court interim decision concerning the previous version of the ban, and created the same exception for persons with a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Familial relationships under this exception include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, while any relationship to an entity must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading [the ban].” The exceptions do not apply to nationals of North Korea or Venezuelan government officials, for whom the full ban remains in place.
The current travel ban applies differently to nationals from each of the eight countries. If you are impacted by the ban and have plans to travel outside the country, please consult your immigration attorney before making travel arrangements or departing the United States.