Articles tagged “visas”

U.S. Customs Revoked Global Entry for Some Muslim Americans

U.S. Customs Revoked Global Entry for Some Muslim Americans

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

Skift reported this story two months ago that the CBP was revoking Global Entry Enrollment from some Muslim-Americans and the CBP flatly denied it. This Bloomberg story confirmed that customs officials weren't telling the truth at the time.

2 days ago

Visa Program for Skilled Workers to Get Tighter under President Trump’s Executive Order

Visa Program for Skilled Workers to Get Tighter under President Trump’s Executive Order

Catherine Lucey and Scott Bauer, Associated Press

Highly skilled workers seeking to travel to the United States for work, and tech employers, in particular, will see some big changes as President Trump revamps the H-1B visa program. This is yet another program that would limit immigration -- in this case for students and other job-seekers.

5 days ago

The State of Global Tourism Competition in 6 Charts

The State of Global Tourism Competition in 6 Charts

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travel brands have an economic incentive to push policy makers and private sectors in their destinations on sustainability and leaner visa policies because tourists will reward them with higher spending and likely repeat visits.

1 week ago

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

Yeganeh Torbati, Mica Rosenberg and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

U.S. embassies are now tasked to single out specific groups for extreme vetting. These enhanced screenings will slow down the pace of new visas being issued, creating a situation similar to what President Trump's travel bans intended.

1 month ago

European Union Tightens Border Security

European Union Tightens Border Security

Associated Press

The European Union is taking steps to tighten security and various member states are simultaneously removing the welcome mat from desperate refugees and asylum seekers.

2 months ago

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Maggie Michael, Associated Press

Travelers considering a trip to Egypt were already weighing its beautiful resorts and attractions against the risk of turmoil. So the country's plans to levy higher visa fees on visitors seems ill-timed.

2 months ago

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

Associated Press, David Rising

When it comes to a "streamlined" version of the Trump administration's upcoming travel restrictions, the devil will be in the details. Expressions of surprise that the court blocked the executive order show how isolated and out of touch the authors were.

2 months ago

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

Sam Hananel, Associated Press

There are a variety of ways the Trump administration can revamp these travel restrictions without busting the U.S. Constitution. Let's see if they are smart enough to do so.

2 months ago

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Austin Weinstein and Randy Woods, Bloomberg

The problem with the U.S. travel ban isn't just about the seven Muslim-majority countries. Travel agents and business travel entities fear it is having a broader impact with clients from abroad reluctant to visit the United States given all the uncertainty and unrest.

2 months ago

9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel companies have an economic self-interest in reversing the travel ban and maintaining the relatively free flow of visitors. But, in the current political climate, they obviously feel that the issues involved are important enough to risk stepping into the line of fire.

3 months ago

Federal Court Judge in Seattle Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban

Federal Court Judge in Seattle Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban

Associated Press

The U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked the Trump Administration's executive order blocking travel into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries but this is certainly not the last word on the legal maneuverings. Stay tuned.

3 months ago

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the number of travelers impacted by its executive order blocking travel from seven Muslim-majority countries but it is indeed a big number, 60,000 to 100,000 to date. And there may be a drop-off in travel even from travelers whose countries haven't been banned. In addition to the human element, this will have a significant adverse financial impact.

3 months ago