The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a close family or business tie to the US.
The rules, affecting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, came into force today.
They were issued after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
According to the new rules, confirmed to journalists, for the next 90 days those without a close relationship – defined as a parent, spouse, child, son or daughter-in-law, or sibling – will not be able to enter the US.
It was gathered that the definition of close relationships excludes grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and grandchildren.