Germany’s ‘Achilles heel’? Report claims Middle East consulates sell forged visas to migrants

Corrupt officials at German consulates in some Middle Eastern states have been collaborating with people smugglers and literally selling forged visas to migrants seeking to come to Germany as refugees, according to reports. The corrupt schemes “have been run smoothly [by employees] in the visa centers of many German diplomatic missions abroad,” and the Middle […]

US vows to revoke visas and consider sanctions in response to Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Getty Images/Business Insider The US has pledged “appropriate actions” against the people it is now connecting to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US has “identified at least some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the Royal Court, the foreign ministry, and other […]

21 Saudis to lose US visas over Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia still an important ally – Pompeo

The US will punish those responsible for killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi by revoking visas and possibly imposing Global Magnitsky Act sanctions, but Saudi Arabia remains an important ally, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Twenty-one Saudi citizens will have their US visas revoked or be declared ineligible for them as part of the response, the […]

‘Vindictive & cruel’: US revokes visas of Palestinian envoy’s family after mission shutdown

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has accused US of a new level of pressure and of being ‘spiteful’ after the family of its envoy had their visas annulled following the closure of the PLO office. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said on Sunday that the US “has taken its attempts to pressure […]

Kate Middleton and Prince William: Do the royal family need Visas to travel abroad?

Kate Middleton, 36, and Prince William, also 36, have enjoyed many state visits together since being married. They’ve visited Canada, Malaysia and Bhutan, to name just a few. But when the pair travel abroad do they need to apply for a visa, just as any other Briton would? Despite their privileged status in the UK, all […]

Saudi Arabia issues tourist visas for the first time – including for lone women

The desert country boasts some of the world’s most religious sites including the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. With plans to create a new tourist hotspot twice the size of Wales, Saudi Arabia has miles of unspoilt coastline on both the Red Sea and Gulf Peninsula. There are even plans to build […]

China is offering long-term visas to select foreigners to boost its economy

Kevin Frayer/Getty Images China has rolled out two new long-term visa schemes to encourage foreigners to live in the country in a bid to strengthen its economic development. The country has typically been strict about its immigration policies, but sees new opportunity through visa programs as a top-down way to make China more attractive to […]

The Trump administration is barring Haitians from applying for certain US visas

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday. The change comes a week after President Donald Trump reportedly questioned why the United States would want to take in immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to them as “shithole” countries. The Department of Homeland Security said it was removing Haiti from […]

Women over 25 to be granted visas to visit Saudi Arabia without male supervision

Women aged 25 and over will now be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia without a chaperone, the country’s tourism commission has announced. It’s the latest reform in the easing of restrictions in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom. As long as they meet the age requirement, women will now be able to receive a tourist visa […]