After months of strife with lower courts, President Trump achieved a rare victory for his immigration agenda when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow parts of his travel ban to proceed. Trump called the decision a “clear victory” for national security; however, the Court placed strict limits on the government’s ability to enforce the travel ban.

Trump intended the travel ban to prevent all nationals from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, but the Supreme Court ruled that the ban cannot be enforced against people who have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Pursuant to the Court’s ruling, the government is allowed to turn away nationals from those countries if they do not have a close relative who is already in the United States or a documented connection with an American entity.

If you or a member of your family intends to visit the United States from one of the six countries affected by the travel ban, it is important that you take steps to avoid complications upon arrival. Rusty O’Brien is a green card lawyer in Louisville who can evaluate your situation and help you gather the right documentation to prove that you should be allowed to enter the country.

Mr. O’Brien has been a practicing attorney for more than 10 years, and he has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the murky waters of U.S. immigration laws. Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation at the O’Brien Law Group.

Will You Be Affected by the Travel Ban?

There is a lot of ambiguity and confusion regarding the enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban, but a report from Immigration Impact outlines a few types of individuals who may have trouble entering the country. These include:

  • People who formed a relationship with a U.S.-based individual or entity after June 26, 2017; and
  • Tourists from the six affected countries.

The ban should not affect you if:

  • You have an immigrant or non-immigrant visa that was issued on or before June 26, 2017;
  • You are entering the country to attend university;
  • You are entering the country to work at a job that was offered by a U.S. company; or
  • You are a lecturer who is entering the country to deliver a speech.

As previously mentioned, though, the Court was not entirely clear regarding who will and will not be affected by the travel ban. For instance, the court gave two examples of “close familial relationships:” a spouse and a mother-in-law. It is not clear whether more distant relatives qualify.

If you think the travel ban might prevent you from entering the United States, contact the O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien is the former MidSouth region chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Louisville. You can learn more about recent updates to U.S. immigration laws here:


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