Monday 30 March, 2020

US Embassy: No change to T&T visa rules

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago is assuring Trinidadians that there has been no changes regarding the issuing of visas.

In a statement issued to the embassy's Facebook page, it said that there have been no changes to visa rules or conditions for Trinbagonians. 

"Attention, Facebook friends! Please be informed that there have been no new rules or regulations limiting the number of U.S. visas for TT citizens. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date and accurate information: tt.usembassy.gov."

Citizens were concerned regarding visa regulations after a guest speaker on national US television station MSNBC, Malcolm Nance, pinpointed the country as a breeding ground for terrorists. 

Nance was speaking on a temporary immigration ban initiated by US President Donald Trump against seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia) which were identified as fostering terrorist entities.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said Nance's comments were 'simplistic' and 'not supported by fact', emphasising that government remains committed to working with the US against terrorism. 

A federal judge in New York has since issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from the seven majority Muslim nations subject to Trump's 90-day travel ban. 

The order barred US border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the US with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

The US government said it intends to create legislation to stop the emergency order. 

 

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