DHS: Iran travel could be exempt from tighter visa rules
– Washington Examiner Jan 21
“The Obama administration announced Thursday that it has started to implement a law passed last month that will deny foreign nationals from using the U.S. Visa Waiver Program if they’ve traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.
But it also outlined the different kinds of waivers it might grant people who have traveled to those countries, exceptions that were already ginning up political opposition from Republicans.
One of these is a specific waiver for people doing “legitimate” business in Iran. The State Department has warned for weeks that this kind of exception might be possible under the law, and the Department of Homeland Security said in a press release Thursday that there were several other kinds of travel that are “eligible” for a waiver of the tighter visa rules.”
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GOP explodes in anger as Obama creates Iran exemption for visas
– The Hill Jan 21
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday announced changes to the easy-entry visa waiver program, which allows citizens from 38 countries — including Australia, France and Japan — to enter the United States without a visa.
The DHS said its new policy will not prohibit people from the 38 countries from entering the U.S. if they have recently traveled to or are dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria, which are considered hotbeds of terrorism.
Instead, those people — who otherwise would have been eligible to participate in the visa waiver program — will have to obtain a visa through the State Department.
However, the administration is also creating a carve-case-by-case basis” to people who have traveled there for “legitimate business-related purposes” following adoption of the nuclear deal last year. ”
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