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Planning an EU Trip? Starting in 2021, You'll Need a Visa

US citizens traveling to 26 countries in Schengen Area will need more than just a passport

(Newser) - The luxury of hopping on a plane for a European holiday with just a passport in hand will soon be gone for US citizens. A European Union announcement on Friday notes that, starting in 2021, Americans will need to also have a visa if they want to travel to the... More »

Rapper Up for 2 Grammys Nabbed by ICE Agents

21 Savage was arrested Sunday

(Newser) - Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was taken into federal immigration custody early Sunday, authorities said. The artist, whose given name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area involving local and federal law enforcement officers, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said... More »

Report: Trump's Border Wall Plan Has a Major Gap

Most undocumented immigrants enter US legally, then overstay

(Newser) - A new report from the Center for Migration Studies highlights a major flaw in President Trump's plan to curb illegal immigration with a border wall: Most undocumented immigrants arrive legally and overstay their visas. The center says that in 2016-2017, overstayers accounted for 62% of newly arrived undocumented immigrants,... More »

She Was Kidnapped and Killed. Her Dad Can't Get Funeral Visa

NC Gov. Roy Cooper hopes authorities will reconsider

(Newser) - The father of a North Carolina teen who was abducted from outside her Lumberton home on Nov. 5 and whose body was found after a three-week search has been blocked from attending her Saturday funeral. Noé Aguilar—the Guatemalan father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar—was immediately denied a temporary visa... More »

Leak Seems to Show Assange Seeking Russian Visa in 2010

The AP has obtained tens of thousands of files related to WikiLeaks

(Newser) - Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head, and a Swedish sex-crime case was threatening to put... More »

US to Seek Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants

Plus email addresses and phone numbers

(Newser) - The State Department wants to require all US visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses, and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration's enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors, the AP reports. Previously, social media, email, and phone number histories were only sought from... More »

Turkey Halts Issuing Visas for American Visitors

Alliance is going downhill fast after arrest of US Consulate staffer

(Newser) - Relations between the US and its NATO ally Turkey are going downhill fast—and many travelers have been caught in the diplomatic crossfire. Both countries abruptly suspended the issuing of most visitor visas for each other Sunday in a tit-for-tat move apparently sparked by the arrest of an employee of... More »

Slain Girl's Father Pleads With Trump for Visa for Funeral

Kenroy Smith was deported for a drug offense 16 years ago

(Newser) - The father of a slain New Jersey girl pleaded with President Trump to allow him and the girl's sister to attend the 11-year-old's funeral on Monday, the AP reports. "Please let me see my daughter for the last day before she goes under," Kenroy Smith told... More »

Under Tightened Visa Rules, an Aunt Isn't a 'Close Relative'

Move affects refugees, citizens of 6 countries

(Newser) - The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move, which takes effect at 8pm Thursday, came after the Supreme Court partially restored an executive order from... 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 »

'Golden Visa' Program Is Booming—and Controversial

AP analysis finds that Chinese have spent at least $24 billion on them in the last decade

(Newser) - When the sister of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, promoted investment in her family's new skyscraper from a Beijing hotel ballroom stage earlier this month, she was pitching a controversial American visa program that's proven irresistible to tens of thousands of Chinese. More than 100,000... More »

Australian Man Jailed 90 Minutes After Visa Expired

Baxter Reid had been turned away at Canadian border

(Newser) - The family of an Australian man says he's been jailed in the US because he got delayed at the Canadian border and missed a visa deadline by a measly 90 minutes or so. Baxter Reid was legally in the US on a five-year visa that stipulated he leave the... More »

Did Melania Break Immigration Laws in Her Modeling Days?

Politico investigation raises questions that could cause her legal grief

(Newser) - The New York Post has been going to town publishing not-safe-for-work photos of Melania Trump from her early modeling days, but it's the timeline behind those images that's now raising more eyebrows. Politico backtracks through Trump's progression from Slovenian visitor to US citizen, noting dates that place... More »

Obama Made an Error in Oval Office Speech

He misspoke on how San Bernardino shooting suspect entered the US

(Newser) - In his Sunday night Oval Office address , President Obama may not have covered much new ground on overcoming terrorism, but he did note that he's seeking answers about how San Bernardino shooting suspect Tashfeen Malik ended up in the US. "I've ordered the departments of State and... More »

Vocal Miss World Canada Barred From Entering China

Human rights activist Anastasia Lin denied entry in Hong Kong for pageant in Hainan

(Newser) - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her... More »

Mexican Needing Transplant Twice Denied a Visa

Jose Chua Lopez, 20, has an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in 9 days

(Newser) - Family and friends sold tamales and held raffles to raise upward of $15,000 to send Jose Chua Lopez to the Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a US visa, and... More »

Want to Visit Venezuela? Now You'll Need a Visa

President blames 'US meddling' in decision

(Newser) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will limit the number of US diplomats allowed to work in the socialist South American country and also will require US citizens to apply for visas if they want to visit. Maduro said today that US meddling in the internal affairs of his country... More »

US' Latest Diplomatic Brouhaha: Hungary

US cites suspicion of officials' corruption in denying 6 visas

(Newser) - Tensions between US and Hungary have surged after the US denied visas to six Hungarian officials amid suspicion of corruption. A pro-government Hungarian news site says the denials were retribution for a Hungarian investigation into American companies, but the US embassy says that's not the case, the New York ... More »

US Refuses Visa to Iran Envoy Linked to '79 Crisis

White House won't let diplomat who worked with hostage-takers into the country

(Newser) - In what may be a first-of-its-kind diplomatic snub, the White House has told Iran that it will have to try again with its pick to be UN ambassador, reports the AP . The US will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi because of his ties to the revolutionary group that... More »

'Genius' Visa Goes to Playboy Playmate

'Frisky Friday' inventor Shera Bechard now resides in US

(Newser) - Want a US visa? Starting a craze like "Frisky Friday," which encourages women to tweet their scantily-clad photos, might just do the trick. "Frisky Friday" inventor and former Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard received a so-called genius visa to live in the US, and she's not alone.... More »

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