US Supreme Court Will Review Visa/Travel Ban Next Term; Students, Workers and Family Members Abroad Still Protected From The Ban

News reports are confusing about the US Supreme Court's per curiam decision today to uphold*in part* the visa/travel ban Executive Order (EO). The decision actually is good news for colleges and universities, US employers, and individuals from the affected countries in the United States who have relatives abroad.

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari and will review the consolidated visa/travel ban EO cases in the October term. In the meantime the Court stayed *in part* the preliminary injunctions blocking implementation of the EO.  The EO now may be applied to individuals who "lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Eliminating the double negatives involved in staying an injunction barring implementation of an EO, this means the EO still does *not* apply to individuals with a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, including intending refugees who have a qualifying relationship in the United States...Read more.