As previously reported, earlier this month the White House asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions blocking implementation of the travel ban. On June 26, the Supreme Court issued an order agreeing to hear argument on the matter during its October 2017 term. In the meantime, the Supreme Court has permitted implementation of the ban, in part.
According to the Court, the travel ban may be applied to individuals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who “lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The Court provided several examples of what it deems to be qualifying relationships, including having a close family member, being admitted to a college or university, or having accepted an offer of employment, all in the U.S. It is not yet clear whether the relationship must have existed prior to June 26 in order for it to qualify.
We will continue to monitor information as it becomes available, posting updates as appropriate.