US announces visa sanctions on 4 nations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on

  • Cambodia,
  • Eritrea,
  • Guinea, and
  • Sierra Leone

due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.

“International law obligates each country to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. “Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have failed in that responsibility.

Specific sanctions effective September 13, 2017 are listed below:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) for Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees, with the rank of Director General and above, and their families.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea has discontinued the issuance of all B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure).
  • The United States Embassy in Conakry, Guinea has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure), and F, J, and M visas (temporary visitors for student and exchange programs) to Guinean government officials and their immediate family members.
  • The United States Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone has discontinued the issuance of B visas (temporary visitors for business or pleasure) to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and immigration officials.

Source: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/13/dhs-announces-implementation-visa-sanctions-four-countries



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