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  • Open the Floodgates – Chinese Inquiries on U.S. Real Estate Soar 35% After Easing of Visa Rules

    11/19/2014 12:31:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Krieger
    In a nation in which 1 out of every 3 homes is unaffordable, you’d think the primary goal of public policy wouldn’t be to ensure real estate becomes even more out of reach for the average citizen. However, we live in a country in which policy isn’t being driven by logic and what’s in the best interest of “the people,” rather, we live in an neo-feudalistic society in which policy is being driven by what is best for a handful of white-collar criminals. It’s bad enough that American financial oligarchs have leveraged free money polices of the Federal Reserve to...
  • WH: US-China visa deal a 'game-changer' [The next "immigrant" wave?]

    11/10/2014 5:07:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | Justin Sink
    A new deal dramatically extending the length of visas for individuals traveling between the U.S. and China will be a “game-changer” for relations between Washington and Beijing, the White House said Monday. The U.S. and China will now issue short-term tourist and business visas that are valid for up to 10 years. Students traveling between the two countries will now be granted visas lasting five years. Previously, all three types had been valid only for a single year. “In terms of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, this is a game-changer,” said National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros....
  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    10/31/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
    Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. […] Australia’s similar move was slammed Thursday by Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, who said closing borders will not stop spread of the Ebola virus. …
  • Senate Ethics Committee: We Lost Complaint On Harry Reid And Obama Admin Getting Visas For Clients

    10/30/2014 2:03:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/29/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Democrat-controlled Senate Select Committee on Ethics said that it never received a complaint pertaining to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and the Obama administration’s efforts to approve visas for certain investors, according to a government watchdog group, despite previously confirming that it received the complaint — and saying that it opened an investigation. **SNIP** And when The Washington Times wanted comment for a Jan. 21, 2014 report on the complaint, a “spokesman for the ethics committee and Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, said they couldn’t comment on the details of any investigation.”
  • Australia Won't Give Visas to People from Ebola-Hit Countries

    10/28/2014 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 28OCT2014 | NBC Staff Writer
    SYDNEY - Australia issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak Tuesday, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region and earning criticism from health experts and rights groups. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament Monday that all non-permanent or temporary visas from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were being cancelled...
  • FBI: 3 Teen Girls From Denver Tried to Join ISIS

    10/21/2014 3:39:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 45 replies
    newser ^ | 10-21-14 | John JOhnson
    Newser) – Three teenage girls from Denver flew overseas in a bid to join ISIS in Syria before being stopped, reports the Denver Post. The girls, ages 15 and 16, apparently were lured by a "slick" online campaign to join militants with the Islamic State, an FBI official tells ABC News. They made it as far as Frankfurt, Germany, before being detained, and all three have been returned to their families in Denver. It's unclear whether they will face charges. The Voice of America first reported the incident, saying that two of the girls are of Somali origin, while the...
  • Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia dies of Ebola in Dallas (Received Visa in August See links below)

    10/15/2014 11:19:16 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE, Tina Susman
    In August, Duncan's visa was approved. He and Troh had rekindled their relationship, and she helped pay for his plane ticket. He packed a backpack and a suitcase, and told neighbors he was going to America and would not be back for two years. When he returned, he said, he planned to build a house for his family.
  • STOP ISSUANCE OF VISAS TO WEST AFRICANS

    10/07/2014 4:19:56 AM PDT · by ICCtheWay · 48 replies
    Self Opinion | 10/7/2014 | Self
    BLOCK VISAS BEING GRANTED TO PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICAN NATIONS. WE DON'T WANT TO EVEN BE EXPOSED TO THE EBOLA VIRUS... It occurs to be from reading various articles and posts on Freerepublic.com that some people including political 'leaders' think it is okay to have Government policies that have caused American citizens to be exposed to Ebola by a foreign national who was allow to enter the U.S. coming from a known Ebola Hot Spot - because they claim that an Ebola outbreak would not occur and/or if it did it could easily be contained. I find this attitude totally...
  • We Gambled with Ebola and Lost: Let us finally end the crazy “diversity” visa lottery

    10/03/2014 7:45:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/03/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Ebola has reached our shores from Africa. Dozens of children are reportedly suffering paralysis from a deadly virus with unknown origins. Medical providers across the country have warned of a looming public-health crisis as communicable diseases spread unmonitored and uncontrolled. Other countries are cracking down. But America is stuck on open-borders stupid. The Diversity Visa (DV) program, to take just one glaring example of government insanity, is still going. On October 1, the State Department opened the annual DV random lottery to applicants from around the world. Yes, it’s completely random, like a Powerball drawing. Up to 55,000 lucky winners...
  • Can We End the Crazy Diversity Visa Lottery Yet?

    10/03/2014 3:12:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Creators ^ | 10/3/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Ebola has reached our shores from Africa. Dozens of children are reportedly suffering paralysis from a deadly virus with unknown origins. Medical providers across the country have warned of a looming public health crisis as communicable diseases spread unmonitored and uncontrolled. Other countries are cracking down. But America is stuck on open-borders stupid.The Diversity Visa (DV) program, to take just one glaring example of government insanity, is still going.On October 1, the State Department opened the annual DV random lottery to applicants from around the world. Yes, it's completely random like a Powerball drawing. Up to 55,000 lucky winners will...
  • America’s Visa-For-Sale Program

    09/22/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/22/2014 | Ian Smith
    For the first time since its creation in 1990, the “investor immigrant” visa program looks on track to have its annual 10,000 allotment fully used up this year. This milestone for the program is due to the increasing number of wealthy applicants from mainland China, a country that now boasts almost 2.5 million millionaires. The “EB-5 visa”, which gives expedited citizenship to applicants who invest $500,000 in a jobs-generating business for 2 years, is not only confusing and poorly designed but it’s been rife with investor fraud since it started. Nevertheless, because of the access a green card provides to...
  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter U.S.

    09/16/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Paul Bedard
    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to...
  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter US (Obama visa rubber-stamper)

    09/16/2014 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Liz · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Paul Bedard, "Washington Secrets" columnist
    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to...
  • Sessions Calls Out Big Business for Pushing Amnesty After Laying Off US Workers

    08/19/2014 7:35:06 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Aug 2014 | Tony Lee
    Companies that have recently laid off workers are scheming to get President Barack Obama to give them more guest-worker visas by executive action. After the New York Times reported that Obama is working on crafting executive actions behind closed doors after having met with representatives from "Oracle, Cisco, Fwd.US, Microsoft, Accenture, Compete America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," which Politico detailed, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) blasted the White House for "actively working against the interests of the American worker." Sessions mentioned that American politics is at "a crisis point," as companies that "are laying off current employees in droves,"...
  • The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program

    08/05/2014 3:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 24 July 2014 | Peter Elkind and Marty Jones
    Whether you’re a skilled technology worker or a poor laborer, it’s getting harder to become a U.S. citizen. But for those with $500,000 to buy their way in, it’s a different matter. That’s just the beginning of the problem. On Nov. 15, 2012, about 100 people gathered in a parking lot near O’Hare Airport in Chicago for a ceremonial occasion: the demolition of a fleabag motel to make way for what was intended to be a world-changing construction project. Next door to a Hooters restaurant, just off the Kennedy Expressway, was to rise a commercial and environmental wonder—the “World’s First...
  • Who I Am, and Why the New Blog

    07/05/2014 10:19:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 51 replies
    Norm says No ^ | Norm Matloff
    Hi, Norm Matloff here. I’m a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, and formerly was a statistics professor at that university, but I also write about social issues. As the saying goes, “My life is an open book”–you can read the details of my background in my online bio. I’ve written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg View, CNN and so on. Bloomberg gathers together its op-eds grouped by author; click here to see mine, and thus get an idea of my interests and views. (SNIP) In this blog, my topics will...
  • Visas for sale: Not everyone’s a fan of Gov. Snyder’s EB-5 center

    06/09/2014 11:04:16 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 2 replies
    NPR - National Public Radio ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jake Neher
    Silverio Lopez and his son Antonio run their Tequila Cabresto brand out of their house in Southwest Detroit. They say about 60 restaurants in and around the city carry their brand of small batch, craft tequila. They also own a rim and tire shop just down the street. In total, they employ close to ten people. Silverio emigrated from Mexico in the early ‘80s. He says there were many reasons for settling down and starting a business in Detroit. “The properties were cheap, the rent was cheaper, plus we had family here already,” he said through Antonio, who translated from...
  • Justice Department secretly stifling 'objectionable' businesses: House committee

    05/29/2014 11:18:29 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government reform has compiled a scathing report on the Department of Justice's “Operation Choke Point” program that critics believe is aimed at “targeting industries deemed objectionable” by the Obama administration. The report, released Thursday by panel chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., accuses the Justice Department of abusing its authority by going after the payday lending industry and other merchants and working to put them out of business. According to the report, the Justice Department “secretly” discouraged banks from conducting business with groups deemed to be “high risk,” for triggering a federal investigation. Sign Up for...
  • Visa, MasterCard Required to Pay $3.8Bln Security Deposit to Work in Russia

    04/28/2014 11:22:05 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    The St. Peterrsburg's Times ^ | 04/29/2014 | Peter Hobson
    The State Duma on Friday passed a law tightening requirements on embattled foreign payment systems Visa and MasterCard and giving them new competition in the form of a national payment system. The law passed on Friday will require payment systems to ensure uninterrupted service, and obliges them to pay a security deposit to the Central Bank equivalent to the value of two days of transactions processed in Russia. Visa and MasterCard together will together be obliged to relinquish about $3.8 billion to the Central Bank. Operators will also have to immediately inform the Central Bank about any stoppages of service...
  • His Name is 'Emigration Check Required': Indian's Visa Goof-Up

    04/27/2014 11:42:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | VM Sathish
    Sagar Chikane receives visa with 'Emigration Check Required' as part of his name after new Indian passport confuses typist‘Sagar Ramachandra Emigration Check Required Chikane’ – is a very long name for anyone to have. Even if the man in question hails from the South of India where a person’s name includes his father’s name and the family name, apart from his own moniker. However, for this welder from Tamil Nadu in India, who still has to travel to the UAE - before June 2014 - according to his visa, his emigration status has been ‘officially’ incorporated into his name. Not...
  • U.S. has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came study to then took jobs

    03/10/2014 11:50:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/09/2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came to the U.S. to study and then took jobs, often in violation of the terms of their visas, according to a new internal audit. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t even consistently collect information or have the tools to monitor all of the foreign students who take part in the optional practical training (OPT) program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report released late Friday. “The problems with OPT are extensive and serious. The report not only calls into question the department’s oversight...
  • Mel Reynolds pleads guilty to visa violation, but porn charge dropped (Ill RAT getting deported)

    02/22/2014 3:06:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/14 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** The disgraced Illinois ex-congressman denied charges he was found with nude pictures and videos of women and men having sexual intercourse on his mobile phone. The count was an alleged violation of Zimbabwe's Censorship and Entertainments Control Act, according to Gurira, and carried a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine. Pornography is banned in Zimbabwe. Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe agreed with Reynolds’ lawyer that state prosecutors had not sought written authority from the prosecutor general for the pornography charge. “This makes the actions of the state null and void,” Gurira said. Earlier on Friday, Reynolds...
  • Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

    01/22/2014 3:39:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2014 | By David Sherfinsk
    A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber’s code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. The complaint, filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Cause of Action, is based in part on a Washington Times investigation last year. That investigation found that after pressure from Mr. Reid and his staff, the Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for the casino.... ...The American...
  • Big Trouble In Little Catskills? Chinese City Coming To Upstate New York (EB-1 Visa Scam?)

    12/05/2013 11:59:59 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    China’s legendary ghost cities are coming to the USA! Here is an excellent video on China’s ghost cities. China is known for building replicas of London and Paris in China to attract people. But like many of China’s efforts at planned cities, housing is quite expensive and has not caught on. And there is even a fake Epcot in China! Unfortunately, quite empty. ghost_arcade Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) campaigned on centrally planned construction as a solution for the economy. Perhaps the Chinese are taking her advice. With the growing presence of Chinese in the U.S housing market, particularly on the...
  • Visa Subsidiary Cuts Ties with Nation's Largest Gun Shop

    10/13/2013 12:48:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 13, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Hyatt Gun Shop states that a subsidiary of Visa shut down payments for its customers' online gun purchases, effectively cutting ties with "the nation's largest gun store," Hyatt claims, because of legal online gun sales. Hyatt Gun Shop is located in Charlotte, NC, and owner Larry Hyatt says Authorize.net—described on its website as "a solution of Cybersource, a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa"—sent him an email saying they were ending their business relationship with his store over "the sale of firearms or any similar product." According to the Washington Examiner, the email said "that gun sales violated a section of...
  • America’s Largest Gun Shop Dropped By Visa Subsidiary For Selling Guns

    09/30/2013 10:26:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-30-2013 | John Hawkins
    Liberals may not be able to pass a law through Congress that takes away our Second Amendment rights, but that just means they’re going to approach gun control from a different direction. A subsidiary of Visa, a key Obama campaign donor, that specializes in credit card transactions has abruptly stopped servicing the nation’s largest gun store after four years because the store sells guns, a fact the owners never hid. Hyatt Gun Shop of Charlotte, N.C., told Secrets that the subsidiary, Authorize.net/CyberSource, simply sent an email to owner Larry Hyatt to announce that it was suddenly breaking off the business...
  • Time Ticking on Visa Programs to Help Iraqis, Afghans Who Risked Lives for U.S.

    09/27/2013 9:08:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/27/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON — Time is running out on programs to secure visas for Iraqis and Afghans who put their lives on the line to help U.S. forces. Rep. Earl Blumenaeur (D-Ore.), a key proponent of the special immigrant visas, noted on the House floor today that the programs, which expire in four days, have devolved into a bureaucratic mess that leaves many who have risked their lives to serve Americans in the lurch just when they may need the U.S. most. “There is overwhelming bipartisan support, led in the most articulate and forceful way by new members in both parties like...
  • Dow Jones Adds Goldman Sachs, Visa and Nike: Drops Bank of America, HP and Alcoa

    09/10/2013 7:25:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Top News USA ^ | 09/10/2013 | Ryan Bilanich
    Dow Jones Industrial Average has planned adding Goldman Sachs, Visa and Nike. The index will also remove Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America and Alcoa. Investment bank Goldman Sachs would benefit from the addition to the stock index. The changes will be implemented from September 23. Dow Jones includes 30 stocks and gives an indication of the better performing companies in the stock market. The three companies to be removed from the index were trading low on the stock markets. The stocks have underperformed the market. Goldman Sachs stock was up by 2.3 percent in premarket trading. Visa and Nike both were...
  • State Department employee implicated in sex for visa scam

    07/09/2013 7:44:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/09/2013 | Rick Moran
    An embassy employee in Georgetown, Guyana has been implicated in a visa selling scam that included receiving sexual favors in exchange for the travel document. Daily Caller: The State Department acknowledged last week that one of its officials is the target of a probe over "allegations of improprieties relating to a Consular Officer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana" without providing further details. Local media are also claiming the official, who was recently withdrawn from normal duties pending completion of an official investigation, associated with drug lords as part of his visa scam. The scandal began when executives and tourists complained...
  • Senate Bill Aimed at Curbing Visa Overstays for Immigrants

    05/19/2013 11:52:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | By William La Jeunesse
    Published April 29, 2013 FoxNews.com WASHINGTON – SNIPPET: "On multiple occasions, first after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and again after 9/11, Congress mandated that immigration officials come up with a verifiable entry-exit system to track foreign visitors. To date, the Department of Homeland Security has failed, despite spending billions in tax dollars. The current system, known as USVISIT, does take fingerprints and photos of international visitors when they arrive at U.S. airports, but it has no similar biometric exit system. The goal is to match entry and exit records to determine which individuals comply with their visa and...
  • Seven Smuggled Forged 'Eye Scan Pass" Seals Into UAE

    05/19/2013 11:24:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    EMIRATES247.com ^ | May 19, 2013 | by Eman Al Baik
    "Seven smuggled forged 'eye scan pass' seals into UAE Seven Uzbeks, including a woman, brought 60 seals through Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports" SNIPPET: "Seven Uzbeks, including a woman, allegedly smuggled 60 forged eye scan seals into the UAE through Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports and used them, the Dubai Criminal Court heard."

 SNIPPET: "We also confiscated in his car some forged stamps. He confessed to getting the stamps from MJA who in turn had got them from MYY,” he testified. 

Searching his two flats in Al Nahda area, police confiscated ten other eye scan pass seals in addition to...
  • Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism...

    05/09/2013 2:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2013/tunisian-man-charged-with-visa-fraud-related-to-terrorism-intended-to-remain-in-u.s.-to-facilitate-an-act-of-international-terrorism Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism, Intended to Remain in U.S. to Facilitate an Act of International Terrorism U.S. Attorney’s Office May 09, 2013 Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the city of New York (NYPD), today announced the unsealing of charges against Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian citizen, for...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • US Visa Reforms To Help Skilled IT Professionals [Tsunami of Indians On Their Way!]

    04/22/2013 9:26:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    TimesofIndia ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ishani Duttagupta
    US Visa Reforms To Help Skilled IT Professionals Ishani Duttagupta Apr 22, 2013 Reggie Aggarwal is the founder and CEO of Cvent, an online event management company co-located out of Washington, DC and Gurgaon. With about 60 of the top engineering positions in his US operations lying vacant, Aggarwal has a problem. "We need guys with deep engineering knowledge and every tech employer, from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups in the US, knows that there's a huge shortage of such people in America," says the Cvent founder. "Like all other tech CEOs, I know there is a huge talent...
  • Here's A Map Showing Where U.S. Citizens Can Travel Without A Visa

    04/22/2013 10:13:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2013 | Jennifer Polland
    An American passport grants its holder access to nearly every country in the world. In 2012, U.S. citizens and nationals could travel to 166 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival, including most countries in Europe and South America. But there are a few big exceptions. Americans need to get advance visas to Brazil, China, Russia, India, Vietnam and most countries on the African continent. The map below shows exactly where a U.S. passport will let you travel.
  • Saudi Bombing Suspect: “If Today Really Was the Last Day, How Would You Spend It?”

    04/16/2013 11:02:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 16, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    That cheerful message was reposted by Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi from the Boston Muslim Community on his Facebook page last year. FOX News is reporting that Alharbi (harb = sword) is the “person of interest” being questioned. This is still preliminary information and may not pan out in the long run. A source close to the investigation confirms to FoxNews.com the man whose apartment was searched is considered a person of interest in the case, and is the same person of interest Fox News confirmed earlier authorities are guarding at a local hospital. The source confirmed to FoxNews.com that the person...
  • US Asked To Allow More H1B Visas And Green Cards To Indian IT Professionals and Doctors [NO!]

    04/12/2013 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 73 replies
    TmesofIndia ^ | April 12, 2013
    US Asked To Allow More H1B Visas And Green Cards To Indian IT Professionals and Doctors Apr 12, 2013 WASHINGTON: Both Indian IT professionals and Indian-American doctors have appealed to US Congress for immigration reforms that will allow more visas and green cards to be awarded. Observing that nearly 30 per cent of all companies started in the US in 2011 had immigrant founders, Indian IT professionals have appealed to Congressmen to not only consider increasing the H-1B quota but also quick and smooth green card for them. They told the Congressmen that the immigrant-based businesses have generated more than...
  • US receives 50,000 packages of H-1B visa applications on first day

    04/04/2013 11:35:14 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, April 5, 2013 | PTI
    Washington - The US received nearly 50,000 packages of H-1B visa applications on the very first day, a media report has said, which is reflective of the sudden surge in demand of the country's most sought after work-visas for the IT professionals. The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), officially, has not come out on the number of H-1B applications received by it since April 1 when it started accepting petitions for it for the fiscal 2014 beginning October 1, 2013. According to an estimate provided by FCi Federal, Virginia-based government services and technology provider, which is supplying personnel...
  • ‘Current policy repels foreign talent’

    02/06/2013 3:26:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | S. Rajagopalan
    Wahington - As the US Congress kicked off hearings on comprehensive immigration reforms, two well-known Indian-American experts made a compelling case for urgent steps to reverse its existing policies that “chase away” foreign talents graduating from American universities instead of capitalising on them. “We need the world’s best and brightest more than ever before. Yet, as the research of my team at Stanford, Duke and UC-Berkeley has shown, our visa policies are doing the opposite: chasing away this talent,” said Vivek Wadhwa, Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. While Wadhwa and Puneet Arora, Vice-President of Immigration...
  • Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

    12/01/2012 8:22:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/01/2012 | HENRY GRABAR
    For the last two years, Spain has been in the thick of a massive housing crisis. There are somewhere between 700,000 and a million new, unsold homes in the country. (The U.S., by contrast, with five times the population of Spain, has only 145,000 new unsold homes.) Spanish banks hold nearly 200 billion euros worth of bad mortgage loans. So Spain is offering a deal. Buy a house worth more than the mean home price and receive something that had been, until now, priceless: Spanish residency papers. Spain isn't the first European country that's tried to stimulate the housing market...
  • House passes bill to cancel diversity visa lottery

    12/01/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to high-tech foreign-born who earn advanced degrees from American universities, as Republicans powered through their chamber the first major immigration bill since the election. The 245-139 vote was a test of the GOP’s plan to tackle immigration piecemeal, and while the bill passed, the strong opposition from Democrats suggests that Republicans’ strategy will face difficult hurdles. And while the chief selling point of the bill was to boost green cards given to science, technology, engineering and technology students, the bigger fight came over Republicans’...
  • Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington (Lobbies for release of 'blind sheik')

    06/22/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | Eli Lake
    Terrorists aren’t supposed to get visas. But Hani Nour Eldin was apparently invited to D.C. this week to meet with top officials. Did no one Google him? It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries. Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member...
  • Visa Olympic commercial reminds me of 9/11 WTC jumpers. Very bad taste, IMO.

    07/08/2012 2:03:50 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/8/12
    The commercial starts with diver David Boudia climbing up the Burj Dubai, and jumping off, with his reflection shown as the way the 9/11 jumpers were, and then he hits the water, and others were following him in their dives, only that they lived and the crowd celebrates.
  • Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourism

    05/29/2012 5:12:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/12 | Vicki Needham
    Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourismBy Vicki Needham - 05/29/12 05:00 AM ET As the summer tourism season kicks into full gear, Congress and the Obama administration are making progress to expand and expedite visa programs as a path to boosting job creation and economic growth in the United States. Retail and travel-industry advocates, as well as lawmakers, are narrowing their legislative focus to adding new countries and greater security protections to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows tourists and business travelers from 36 countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days...
  • Senator seeks expanded visas for foreign high-tech workers

    05/16/2012 9:28:58 AM PDT · by DFG · 73 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/16/12 | Richard Cowan
    A leading Republican in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday unveiled legislation to raise the number of permanent visas for skilled technical workers from foreign countries, but prospects of passage this year could be clouded by election-year politics. Senator John Cornyn, the senior Republican on a panel that oversees immigration, introduced a bill that would make an additional 55,000 visas available each year for graduates with master's and doctoral degrees who have studied at U.S. research institutions. This is one of several immigration-related bills that could be kicked around this year in Congress and in the presidential campaign. But there is...
  • Liberal Magazine Encourages Readers To Support Occupy Wall Street...By Applying For Its Visa Card

    04/15/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT · by ak267 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4/14/2012 | Curt
    I knew OWS wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but this is just too funny. http://floppingaces.net/most_wanted/liberal-magazine-encourages-readers-to-support-occupy-wall-street-by-applying-for-its-visa-card/comment-page-1/#comment-368673
  • Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification [again]

    04/03/2012 8:51:08 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02 April 2012
    This video is a follow-up to Adrian Murray’s facebook post over the weekend, in which he says that he donated to the Obama campaign as “Adolph Hitler,” occupation “Dictator” living at a German address. As you can see in the clip, citizen journalist George Scaggs of Austin tries the same thing at three different campaign sites, that of Obama, Romney and Santorum. Only the Obama site accepted the donation without the verification number. Let’s take a look at the three campaign websites mentioned in the video ... [graphics] The Obama campaign’s donation page for Americans living outside the US also...
  • MasterCard Warns of Possible Security Breach, Visa also Reportedly Affected

    DEVELOPING: MasterCard is reportedly investigating a possible breach of cardholder account data involving a U.S.-based payment processor, the company said Friday. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Purchase, N.Y., credit-card company said law enforcement has been notified of the matter and an "independent data security organization" is conducting an ongoing forensic review. The company is alerting card-issuing banks regarding "certain MasterCard accounts that are potentially at risk." "MasterCard's own systems have not been compromised in any manner," a company spokesman told the newspaper. The spokesman declined to say how many cards may have been compromised or how many banks...
  • Israeli diplomat's car hit by blast in Delhi; 1 injured

    02/13/2012 4:28:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Express India ^ | Feb 13, 2012 at 1715 hrs IST
    New Delhi An Israeli official said an explosion was hit an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on Monday. He said one person was hurt in the blast, but did not identify the victim. Israeli Embassy spokesman David Goldfarb said the car was near the embassy when the blast went off. Indian police said only that a car was on fire on the street outside the embassy.
  • Saudi Teen Caps Wild Week With Airplane Bust

    02/23/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by bayouranger · 33 replies
    the smoking gun ^ | 22FEB12 | Not Listed
    Feds: Unruly air traveler, 19, was "singing about Usama bin Laden" FEBRUARY 22--The man who repeatedly yelled “Allah is great” as he was removed yesterday from a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing due to his unruly behavior is a 19-year-old Saudi Arabian who was arrested Sunday night after he led Oregon police on a drunken car chase that saw him ram two cop cars and attempt to run over pedestrians, The Smoking Gun has learned. According to investigators, Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan was smoking an electronic cigarette on a Continental Airlines flight traveling from Portland to Houston....