Articles tagged “visas”

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.

5 days 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 months ago

Brand USA Urges Mexicans to Visit U.S. Despite Hostile Rhetoric From Trump

Brand USA Urges Mexicans to Visit U.S. Despite Hostile Rhetoric From Trump

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Brand USA has the right idea: Be proactive about marketing, and soon, because Mexican tourists are already choosing other destinations that are less hostile.

2 months ago

Dated Technology Makes It Hard to Track U.S. Visa Holders

Dated Technology Makes It Hard to Track U.S. Visa Holders

Amy Taxin, Associated Press

Biometric technology could help make it easier for immigration officials to do their job, but no quick fix is possible anytime soon.

2 months ago

Killing U.S. Visa Programs? It’s Apparently on Trump Administration’s To-Do List

Killing U.S. Visa Programs? It’s Apparently on Trump Administration’s To-Do List

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As strange as it is that a tweet from a Rabbi would help expose the inner workings of a Presidential administration, it's even stranger that a plan to thoroughly disrupt international travel to the U.S. could be in the works.

3 months ago

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Dan Peltier, Skift

Southeast Asian countries have a grand vision for visa-free travel, massive infrastructure projects and more airline competition to grow route networks. However, too much bureaucracy and political unrest stand in the way for this to become a reality in the near-term.

3 months ago

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

Associated Press

The threat of suspending visa-free travel for Americans in Europe is a favorite of the EU, even if they'll never actually follow through on their threats.

3 months ago

U.S. Resorts Face Staffing Shortages Following Visa Restrictions

U.S. Resorts Face Staffing Shortages Following Visa Restrictions

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press

The U.S. government is looking to make it easier for companies to hire temporary workers, but changes will likely happen too late into the busy summer travel season to prevent a serious impact on hotels and restaurants across the country.

3 months ago

Seasonal Work Visa Caps Could Hurt U.S. Vacation Destinations

Seasonal Work Visa Caps Could Hurt U.S. Vacation Destinations

Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg

Can the U.S. tourism economy afford to lose access to temporary workers? We'll soon find out.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago