Friday, May 19, 2017

Tougher US Scrutiny of Visa Applicants

Another goofy idea from the Donald Trump administration, supposedly to toughen scrutiny of selected visa applicants.
The US State Department has put forth a proposal mandating about 65,000 visa applicants per year who consular officers believe warrant enhanced screening to provide all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information.
More than 50 academic and educational groups across a range of social and physical sciences and representing college admission counselors and advisers said in a letter to State Department officials yesterday that the changes would cause “uncertainties and confusion,” lead to “unacceptably long delays in processing” and applies to a “vague and ill-defined” class of visa applicants.
“We are very concerned that if the proposed changes are implemented, international undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, and scientific collaborators may be discouraged from coming to the United States,” the letter said.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.
Anyway, the proposal came earlier this month, as part of a push toward the “extreme vetting” sought by President Trump.

A view from Level 28, Menara Hap Seng 2 in Jalan P Ramlee, KL

I was at a training yesterday in the heart of the city. And I found my Sarawak laksa, just next door! Yay-y-y!!!

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