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Passports and Visas

Old tech, passwords galore hurt US tracking of visa holders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected of overstaying their visas only to find out later that many visa holders have left the country, said a government watchdog report released Thursday. Agents …

Venezuela shuts off CNN in Spanish after criticizing story

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government pulled CNN in Spanish from the nation’s airwaves on Wednesday, shutting off the news channel after officials angrily criticized a report alleging the country’s diplomats sold passports to members of a Middle East terror group. The National Telecommunications Commission announced it initiated sanctions because …

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after ‘about a decade’

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A fake U.S. embassy that operated for “about a decade” in Ghana’s capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced. The scam was orchestrated by “Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings” and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. …

House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the U.S. and require visas for anyone who’s been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. The legislation takes aim at the “visa waiver” program that allows citizens …