C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Serbia’s Leader Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Vucic Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Novak Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Stay in Australia Lives Another Day

A federal court judge scheduled a Sunday hearing to address the unvaccinated tennis star’s Australian visa revocation. The Australian Open begins on Monday.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-and-emigration, #morrison-scott-1968, #serbia, #tennis, #victoria-australia, #visas

Novak Djokovic and Global Pandemic Morality

The move to deport Novak Djokovic is not just an exercise of Australian law. It represents an enforcement of collectivist values against an athlete who sought to play by his own rules.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #melbourne-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas

Djokovic Admits False Statement on Australia Travel Document

The tennis star also said he had participated in an interview and a photo shoot even after testing positive for the coronavirus, in an apparent violation of rules in his native Serbia.

#australia, #belgrade-serbia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #tests-medical, #visas

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Came Back to Bite Australia’s Prime Minister

Scott Morrison thought he had a political winner. Now, with an election looming, Australians debate their government’s fairness and competence.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #visas

Djokovic Tested Positive for Coronavirus in December, His Lawyers Say

Lawyers for the tennis star, who is appealing Australia’s decision to deny him entry, said the positive test came weeks before he flew to the country.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #visas

At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

U.S. officials concede that the system was unprepared.

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‘Selling Kabul’ Holds Up a New Mirror After the Taliban Takeover

Sylvia Khoury’s play, which takes place over one night in Afghanistan in 2013, has only deepened after a pandemic postponement.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #kabul-afghanistan, #khoury-sylvia, #playwrights-horizons, #rafaeli-tyne, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #selling-kabul-play, #taliban, #theater, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #williamstown-mass

U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

A special visa offer, aimed at forestalling a supply chain fiasco during the holidays, goes begging for takers.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #foreign-workers, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #poland, #trucks-and-trucking, #visas

U.S. and China Agree to Ease Restrictions on Journalists

The deal tones down a diplomatic confrontation that led Beijing to expel some American reporters during the last year of the Trump administration.

#china, #china-daily, #freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wall-street-journal, #washington-post

Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

The Gulf nation will also help process visas for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #peace-process, #qatar, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Democrats’ Plan to Overhaul Legal Immigration Focuses on Green Card Backlog

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #macdonough-elizabeth, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Green Card Backlog Focus of Democrats’ Latest Immigration Effort

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #macdonough-elizabeth, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Missing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges

Fewer foreign people have been able to work in the U.S. amid the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the potential labor force.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-budget-office, #foreign-workers, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

Concert Halls Are Back. But Visa Backlogs Are Keeping Musicians Out.

Visa delays are causing tumult in the classical music industry, leading to a wave of cancellations just as live performances are finally returning.

#academy-of-st-martin-in-the-fields, #andsnes-leif-ove, #boris-godunov-opera, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dausgaard-thomas, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-philharmonic, #seattle-symphony, #state-department, #tan-dun, #travel-warnings, #united-states, #visas

Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

After a frenzied effort to evacuate Afghans who had worked with the U.S., members of Congress are now focusing on the stranded relatives of American troops.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

How Asians arrived in America.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-sub-only, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #korean-americans, #visas

Gas Shortages and Long Lines Upend Britons’ Daily Lives

Getting to work, driving a taxi, making an ambulance run: Fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations have Britons scrambling to make trips they once took for granted.

#automobiles, #england, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #trucks-and-trucking, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

U.K. Offers Thousands of Visas to Foreign Truckers to Ease Driver Shortage

The move reflects growing alarm within the government about a disruption to supplies that has prompted panic buying and, in some cases, caused fuel to run out at gas stations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-workers, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking, #visas

Thousands of Afghans on American Military Bases Await Resettlement

Many who left the country in August are waiting for medical and security screenings and flights from overseas that were halted by measles.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #military-bases-and-installations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Afghans With Ties to U.S. Who Could Not Get Out Now Live in Fear

Thousands did not make it onto U.S. military evacuation flights. Many of them are now in hiding, worried for their safety and their future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-first, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #women-and-girls

I Worked With the U.S. I Thought I Would Be Saved.

Thousands of Afghans like me had their hopes for escape from the Taliban dashed when the U.S. completed its withdrawal.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Stranded in Kabul: A U.S. Resident Runs Out of Options

Refugee groups say hundreds, and possibly thousands, of green card holders have been left behind.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #visas

Stranded in Kabul, Afghanistan: A US Resident Runs Out of Options

Refugee groups say hundreds, and possibly thousands, of green card holders have been left behind.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #visas

How Many People in Afghanistan Need to be Rescued? The Number Remains Elusive.

U.S. officials are reluctant to provide an estimate of the one number that matters most in their stream of evacuation updates.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Sluggish Visa Process Strands Many Afghans Who Helped U.S.

Officials described impatience across the Biden administration with the State Department as thousands of Afghans wait outside Kabul’s airport.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

How A Sluggish Visa Process is Stranding Many Afghans Who Helped US

Officials described impatience across the Biden administration with the State Department as thousands of Afghans wait outside Kabul’s airport.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

The Interpreters the U.S. Left Behind in Afghanistan

We speak to several Afghans who aided the Americans and to their former U.S. colleagues trying to get them out.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #audio-negative-tragedy, #immigration-and-emigration, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #visas

Series of U.S. Actions Left Afghan Allies Frantic, Stranded and Eager to Get Out

President Biden’s decision not to begin mass evacuations of Afghans months ago has left thousands of people in limbo.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Hong Kong Migrants Seek Fresh Start in U.K. After Crackdown

Many who have left the city say they feel less like refugees than trailblazers, eager to build a new home after watching their old one slowly transform under Beijing.

#asylum-right-of, #hong-kong, #immigration-and-emigration, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #visas

House Passes Bill to Speed Visas for Afghans Imperiled for Aiding U.S.

The legislation would scrap a requirement that Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visas undergo a medical examination in the country, allowing them to do so after entering the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crow-jason, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries

The move is meant to place interpreters and others who worked with departing American forces somewhere safe until visas for them to enter the United States are processed.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Congress Rushes to Help Afghans Seeking Visas for Helping U.S.

With President Biden planning to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is rushing to bring Afghans facing retribution to the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #crow-jason, #ernst-joni, #immigration-and-emigration, #kinzinger-adam, #lutheran-immigration-and-refugee-service, #shaheen-jeanne, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

‘Carelessly, Dishonestly and Inhumanely’: How Amazon Treats Its Workers

A former employee and others discuss its management system and high turnover rate. Also: Asian American identity; visas for Afghan interpreters.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #amazon-com-inc, #asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #labor-and-jobs, #visas

Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sunstein-cass-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home

Thousands of immigrants who live in the United States on temporary visas and traveled to India in recent weeks have been stranded there under the Biden administration’s travel ban.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #indian-americans, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.

In a social media post about visa applications, the consular section in Beijing posed a question that some critics called racist.

#china, #education, #foreign-students-in-us, #social-media, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.

#americans-abroad, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #immigration-and-emigration, #passports, #state-department, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #visas

Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #jamaica-west-indies, #labor-and-jobs, #montana, #skiing, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #yellowstone-club

Think Covid’s Messed Up Your Travel Plans? Try Getting Into China.

To keep the virus out, Beijing has enacted some of the world’s toughest border controls. Lives have been upended, and business has been disrupted.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #visas

Enduring Miles and Months Apart to Keep the Love Alive

Long-distance — especially international long-distance — relationships have always been difficult. The pandemic has made spending Valentine’s Day together even more elusive.

#dating-and-relationships, #immigration-and-emigration, #love-emotion, #online-dating, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #travel-warnings, #valentines-day, #visas, #weddings-and-engagements

Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate

The suspension of most legal immigration, combined with the pandemic, has left visa applicants in limbo. Even if President Biden ends the bans, it could take years to process everyone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #visas

Justice Dept. Suit Says Facebook Discriminates Against U.S. Workers

The lawsuit adds to Facebook’s woes in Washington, where the social network also faces antitrust questions.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zuckerberg-mark-e

U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

New guidelines mean that travel visas for China’s 92 million party members will be limited to one month, single entry — if the State Department can figure out who they are.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #united-states, #visas

Women in ‘Birth Tourism’ Ring Had 119 Babies on Long Island, Officials Say

Six people were charged in federal court with bilking Medicaid of $2.1 million and taking $750,000 from pregnant women in Turkey seeking to give birth in the United States.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #turkish-americans, #visas

The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This

They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in.

#americans-abroad, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-tax, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sabbaticals-and-career-breaks, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations, #visas

Chinese Reporters in the U.S. Left Uncertain by Political Spat

Caught in a tit-for-tat battle over the media between the two countries, the worried reporters say they help bring a nuanced view of American life back home.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

New Visas Limits Would Be a Self-Inflicted Wound for the U.S.

The Trump administration wants to make it harder for foreign students, exchange visitors and journalists.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-study-and-teaching, #news-and-news-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas