Ninth Circuit Allows for Implementation of Travel Ban with Exceptions for Individuals with Credible Relationships

The Appeals Court of the Ninth Circuit issued an order staying the district court’s October 20, 2017, preliminary injunction against the ban on entry (“travel ban”) of nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, except as to foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a qualifying family or institutional connection to the U.S. People with a qualifying family relationship include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Formal documented relationships to a U.S.-based entity, such as a university or employer in the U.S. may also qualify to exempt individuals from the travel ban.

The Ninth Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case to block the ban on December 6th. The Fourth Circuit U.S. District Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA will hear an appeal to a similar injunction on implementation of the travel ban on December 8, 2017.