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US Denies Visas to Diplomats' Gay Partners

Unless they're legally married, a high hurdle for many

(Newser) - A new State Department mandate that a rep says will "help ensure and promote equal treatment" between heterosexual and same-sex couples is attracting no shortage of critics, with one former US ambassador calling it "needlessly cruel & bigoted." Foreign Policy reports that under the new policy, the... More »

Historians: Anne Frank's Family Tried to Flee to United States

'Their efforts were thwarted by American bureaucracy, war, and time'

(Newser) - Research suggests the family of Anne Frank attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said... More »

Guess Who's Back in the USA?

Meghan Markle returns to Chicago to secure a UK visa ahead of her wedding

(Newser) - Meghan Markle apparently blew into her old Windy City stomping grounds on Thursday, but the future Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales was a woman on a mission, not a nostalgia tour, reports TMZ . With little more than a month until her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle was back... More »

Trump Org Applies for Foreign Workers on 'Made in America Week'

Claims it's impossible to find American workers to fill Mar-a-Lago positions

(Newser) - The White House celebrated "Made in America Week" this week. So CBS News reports it "seem[s] to clash" that at the same time the Trump administration was touting American products and American jobs, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club requested permission to hire 70 foreign workers under the H-2B... More »

Trump Admin's Stricter Visa Vetting Has Been Approved

New form asks for 5 years of social media history, 15 years of personal info

(Newser) - A new questionnaire will ask US visa applicants for all social media handles used over the past five years and biographical information going back 15 years, including addresses, employment, where any travel funds came from, prior passport numbers, and more. The new questionnaire was approved for use by the Office... More »

Number of Visas Revoked Under Trump's Order Is Huge

A Justice Department lawyer says more than 100K visas were canceled

(Newser) - While the number changes depending on which government agency you ask, one thing is clear: President Trump's executive order on immigration affected a whole lot more people than just those detained at airports last weekend, the New York Times reports. According to NBC News , Justice Department lawyer Erez Reuveni... More »

Fake US Embassy Issued Visas for 10 Years

And the US visas handed out by phony Ghana operation were very real

(Newser) - All it takes to convince people you're a US Embassy is an American flag, a picture of President Obama, and a whole lot of visas—at least in Ghana, where a ramshackle building in Accra housed a phony embassy really run by organized crime members from Ghana and Turkey,... More »

'Dodgy' College Admits Everyone, Fails No One: Report

BuzzFeed probes Northwestern Polytechnic University

(Newser) - The building on the edge of Silicon Valley looks like a DMV. And yet, it's a college—sort of. Based on interviews with current and former students and staff and "more than a thousand pages of bank statements, emails, and student records," BuzzFeed reports that Northwestern Polytechnic... More »

University of Northern NJ Is Fake—and a Gov't Trap

Homeland Security busts 21 in visa fraud sting

(Newser) - The University of Northern New Jersey looked like any other school: It had a website, a Facebook page, and a crest. Unlike other colleges, however, it was staffed entirely by Homeland Security agents. The Department of Justice announced this week it had indicted 21 people for visa fraud in a... More »

Before Coming to US, Malik Praised Jihad on Facebook

Legislation may force review of applicants' social media posts

(Newser) - Tashfeen Malik pledged her support for Islamic jihad in private Facebook messages sent before she entered the United States on a K-1 fiancee visa in July 2014. Malik, who wrote that she hoped to eventually become a jihadist, sent the messages written in Urdu "to a small group... More »

House Tightens Controls on Visa-Free Travel to US

The legislation was supported by Republicans and Democrats alike

(Newser) - Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the US and require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. The legislation takes aim at the "visa waiver" program that allows citizens of... More »

Afghan Interpreters Who Helped US Troops Denied Visas

Gov't says they're not facing 'serious threat'

(Newser) - An increasing number of Afghan interpreters who worked with US troops for years during the war are being denied US visas, because the government doesn't think their lives are in serious danger. Think again, the interpreters tell the Washington Post . "There are tons of [Taliban members] in my... More »

Video Game Star Gets 'Pro Athlete' Visa

Danny 'Shiphtur' Le crosses over

(Newser) - If you're looking for a sign that e-sports have arrived, look no further than Danny "Shiphtur" Le. The Canadian League of Legends star has just become the first professional video game player ever awarded a P-1A visa, a visa normally reserved for the likes of David Beckham or... More »

Canada Bans Foreign Strippers

Move is to protect women, government says

(Newser) - Seeking to protect women from exploitation, Canada is ending visas for foreign strippers, reports the Globe and Mail . Foreign escorts and massage parlor workers will also be banned. The government says the move is to combat human trafficking but critics say the ruling Conservative Party is just being prudish. The... More »

Senate Bill: Want a US Visa? Buy a Big House

Buy $500K worth of homes, and you can be a legal US resident

(Newser) - Are you a wealthy would-be immigrant with a penchant for real estate? Well, then have Chuck Schumer and Mike Lee got a deal for you. The Democrat and Republican senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would grant a visa to foreigners who buy at least $500,000 worth of... More »

Muslim Names Stall US Travel Visas

Travelers' applications vanish into 'administrative processing'

(Newser) - A student visa for a clean-cut French grad student to attend UC Berkeley sounds like a pretty routine matter—but not when his name is Mohamed Youcef Mami. Mami, who missed both his non-refundable flight and the start of his master's program waiting around in France for his mysteriously delayed... More »

After Haiti Quake, Immigration Debate Rumbles

Advocates want US to soften its stance

(Newser) - The disastrous situation in Haiti has sparked calls for the US to soften its stance on Haitian immigration, particularly in respect to severely injured children and those with family members here. Though the US will allow Haitians already in the country illegally to stay for 18 months and will fast-track... More »

US Fails to Make Sure Foreign Visitors Leave

Dallas bomb plot highlights thousands who overstay visas

(Newser) - Hosam Maher Husein Smadi came to the US legally on a tourism visa. But the 19-year-old Jordanian stayed after it had expired and then, allegedly, tried to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. That case has sparked calls from both parties for a better system for tracking foreign visitors, the New ... More »

Iran Rebuffs US Badminton Team's Shuttle Diplomacy

Invited team denied visas in mystifying move

(Newser) - Iran has refused entry to US women badminton players invited to play in an international tournament marking the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The eight athletes and four coaches and managers were denied visas in a move that has mystified the Obama administration, reports the Washington Post. "This... More »

Cleared for Landing: Lily Allen's US Return

After visa snags, UK import tackles US for the second time

(Newser) - After being grounded by US immigration officials just as her 2007 album was set to take off, the UK’s Lily Allen is taking a second shot at conquering America with a new album, reports the Wall Street Journal. Despite her visa travails, Allen's debut sold a respectable 500,000... More »

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