According to Reuters, a State Department memo reflects the most recent ruling on President Trump’s travel ban, the Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas.
The memo was sent to all U.S. diplomatic posts overseas, Friday after Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued a ruling late on Thursday limiting the scope of the administration’s temporary ban on refugees and travelers from the six countries.
The ruling went into effect immediately, the Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the decision.
The cable sent July 14 updated the definition of “close family” that are exempt from the temporary travel ban.
The cable reversed the State Department’s previous, stiff definition of close family (bonafide relationship) and stated that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and cousins” are eligible for visas.