Articles tagged “visas”

Trump Travel Ban Deadline Will Produce New Country-By-Country Restrictions

Trump Travel Ban Deadline Will Produce New Country-By-Country Restrictions

Jill Colvin, Associated Press

We're waiting for the next shoe to drop, so to speak, and a flurry of headlines and lawsuits to follow.

3 days ago

Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Cape Verde Offers Visa-Free Travel for EU Citizens in Bid to Boost Tourism

Ana Monteiro, Bloomberg

Cape Verde has extensive public debt, and tourism represents a way to help ease the financial burden on its government and bring jobs to its residents.

5 days ago

Potential Visa-Program Cuts Have Travel Industry Alarmed

Potential Visa-Program Cuts Have Travel Industry Alarmed

Dan Peltier, Skift

The J-1 visa program is an invaluable resource for many travel industry businesses. It's clear that any cuts to the program would be detrimental to the travel industry and the broader U.S. economy.

1 week ago

Travel Rollback for U.S.-Russia Trips Leads to Further Isolation

Travel Rollback for U.S.-Russia Trips Leads to Further Isolation

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Isolation breeds ignorance and fear of the unknown. Ending Russian visas to the United States is shooting ourselves in the foot on so many levels.

3 weeks ago

Air China Says More Chinese Travelers Are Being Denied U.S. Visas

Air China Says More Chinese Travelers Are Being Denied U.S. Visas

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's no public data here, so it's hard to know how much of an issue this is. But generally, inbound tourism to the United States is important, so if fewer visas are being granted, it's probably not good for American businesses.

4 weeks ago

Visa Cuts Cause Labor Shortages in Some U.S. Tourist Spots

Visa Cuts Cause Labor Shortages in Some U.S. Tourist Spots

Associated Press

The U.S. limited visas for many returning and new foreign workers. That has pressured tourism businesses seeking workers in the peak summer season. Expect industry lobbying.

4 weeks ago

U.S. Escalates Russia Dispute by Cutting Back on Visa Services

U.S. Escalates Russia Dispute by Cutting Back on Visa Services

Stepan Kravchenko and Andrey Biryukov, Bloomberg

The market for Russian travel to the U.S. might not be a huge one, but the decision to drastically cut back visa offerings is highly symbolic of the simmering tensions between the countries at the moment.

1 month ago

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Associated Press

Qatar is facing a real crisis and it is doing everything in its power, including spurring tourism, to combat the Saudi-led coalition's aggressive tactics.

2 months ago

Trump Administration To Grant Extra Seasonal Visas Despite Immigration Hardline

Trump Administration To Grant Extra Seasonal Visas Despite Immigration Hardline

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

This is welcome news for many tourism employers across the country struggling to keep up with summer demand and a shortage of seasonal workers this year. The Trump Organization's skin in this game probably helped grant more visas.

2 months ago

Trump Administration to Appeal Latest Travel Ban Setback Directly to Supreme Court

Trump Administration to Appeal Latest Travel Ban Setback Directly to Supreme Court

Associated Press

The Trump administration doesn't want a refugee's ties to a grandparent living in the United States to be factored into visa applications from certain Muslim-majority countries. There are several grandparents on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let's see how they weigh in on the issue.

2 months ago

Trump Administration Blocks Startup Visa Program Tech Companies Supported

Trump Administration Blocks Startup Visa Program Tech Companies Supported

Justin Sink, Bloomberg

Instead of a brain drain, let's just call this a brain dam. The Trump administration claims it wants to generate U.S. jobs yet it is taking steps to stymie the entry of entrepreneurs by blocking the implementation of a new startup visa program.

3 months ago

Social Media Account Information Now Required for U.S. Visa Decisions

Social Media Account Information Now Required for U.S. Visa Decisions

Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters

Looking into travelers' social media posts when considering security risks in the visa process doesn't seem to be totally unreasonable but it all depends how these new powers are used. There is the danger that decisions might be arbitrary and that free speech will be the victim.

4 months ago