Passports and visas

In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
December 02, 2019 - 8:28 am
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually...
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November 05, 2019 - 10:13 am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — CVS apologized and said it's investigating after a Purdue University engineering student was denied the purchase of over-the-counter cold medicine by employees who questioned his immigration status, refusing to accept his Puerto Rican driver's license and U.S. passport...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo, local residents with visas walk across the Puerta Mexico international bridge to enter the U.S., in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico. A federal judge in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
November 03, 2019 - 11:04 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 201, file photo, a man watches the sun setting over Dhiriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures just outside of Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, as part of efforts in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to diversify its economy and reduce dependence on oil. (AP Photo/Karin Laub, File)
September 28, 2019 - 4:46 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced a new tourist visa scheme, as part of efforts to open up the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom to foreign visitors and diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom says allowing more foreign visitors is "a key milestone." It is seeking...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo a citizen candidate holds an American flag and the words to The Star-Spangled Banner before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami field office in Miami. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 30, 2019 - 6:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship. An updated Homeland Security Department review of potential privacy issues dated July...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. University and federal officials confirmed that incoming Harvard University student Ismail Ajjawi, 17, of Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing at Logan International Airport in Boston on Friday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 28, 2019 - 7:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into...
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People wait outside the Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, after some of its terminals were closed because a person has likely entered the "clean area" through an emergency exit door. The international airport tweeted Tuesday morning that terminal 2 and areas B and C of terminal 1 had been closed for police operations.(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
August 27, 2019 - 7:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police at Munich airport detained a passenger who left a terminal via an emergency exit instead of going through passport control, prompting a temporary partial shutdown of one of Germany's busiest airports Tuesday. Up to 5,000 passengers were affected by the disruption as federal...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Sen. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee Chair Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a committee hearing on conditions at the Southern border, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Johnson, says the Russian government has denied him a visa to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation. Johnson said Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, he had planned to speak with government officials, American businesses and others. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 26, 2019 - 5:03 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Wisconsin who has publicly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia has denied him a visa to visit as part of a congressional delegation. Ron Johnson said he had planned to speak with government officials, American businesses and...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of official talks with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, inside 10 Downing Street, London, Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
August 08, 2019 - 12:02 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he plans to introduce a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world's best scientists to the U.K. Johnson said Thursday he wanted to "ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds from around the world." Few details were...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, women wait in line to ride go carts at a road safety event for female drivers launched at the Riyadh Park Mall in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has issued new laws that grant women greater freedoms by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing and controversial guardianship policy that had required male consent for a woman to travel or carry a passport. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
August 02, 2019 - 8:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of movement. The...
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