The US government will allow people barred from entering the country in the early days of President Donald Trump's travel ban to re-apply for visas following a legal settlement.
The agreement announced Thursday and reached in a federal court in New York says the government must contact all individuals who had been turned away at borders from Trump's first executive order that came into effect on January 27, and inform them they may seek re-entry.
It does not guarantee applicants will receive new visas nor does it award them compensation, but obliges the government to act in 'good faith' when processing their paperwork.
People previously banned from the US under President Trump's first travel ban can now re-apply for visas in legal victory for those barred
The settlement brings an end to the case Darweesh v Trump, a nationwide class-action suit filed by two Iraqi men detained at New York's JFK airport because of the ban. They were represented by numerous rights groups including the powerful American Civil Liberties Union.
It was the first legal challenge to the original executive order, and had previously succeeded in gaining an injunction on removing anyone from the US on the basis of the ban.