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U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'

CALL FOR FREEDOM. In this file photo, protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Bato dela Rosa joins senators in welcoming shelved VFA termination

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:37 PM

'Foreign policies can be flexible at times,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa, whose canceled US visa triggered President Duterte's earlier decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US

NO US VISA. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he has no US visa yet even as the President suspended the abrogation of the visiting forces agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. embassy cancels immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews until June 11

May 28, 2020 - 6:38 PM

The United States embassy in Manila is unable to provide a specific date when it will resume visa services, but hopes to do so 'as soon as possible'

US Embassy in Manila. File photo from AFP.

FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA

NO SUSPENSION. The US Embassy in Manila denies claims it would cancel tourist visas over the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by AFP

Panelo to U.S.: State reason for Dela Rosa's canceled visa 'out of courtesy'

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should give an explanation since there should be courtesy 'among allies'

'COURTESY.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should disclose why it cancelled Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang file photo

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about

US VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana at the Department of State, September 19, 2018. File photo by Michael Gross/State Department

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:00 AM

What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?

U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

Image from Shutterstock

Why 'X Factor UK' contestant Maria Laroco was denied a US Visa

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The Filipina teen was unable to perform at the Judge's House in the US because she wasn't able to get a US visa

NOT QUITE THE END. Maria Loroco says she'll be returning to 'The X Factor UK' – after all, no less than Simon Cowell said so himself. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?

VISA APPLICATIONS. The US Embassy in Manila attracts thousands visa applicants per day. .

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

U.S. asks visa applicants for social media handles

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:17 AM

According to a State Department official consular officers can now demand extra information from applicants they deem to require more rigorous national security vetting

U.S. State Department proposes social media screening for visa applicants

May 08, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Those who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security related visa ineligibilities will be required to submit their social media names in past 5 years

U.S. could ask visa applicants for social media passwords

Feb 08, 2017 - 11:11 AM

US homeland security wants tougher visa screening procedures including the right to look into an applicant s social media account

US tourist visa application guide: Tips and reminders

Oct 30, 2016 - 2:26 PM

How one writer got her 10-year multiple entry US visa. Jacklynne Lambino shares her tips for the application and interview process

Photo courtesy of Jacklynne Lambino

Iran official urges opposition to new US visa rules

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:06 PM

The chairman of the Iranian parliament s national security and foreign policy committee described the law as unfair and discriminatory

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Jun 24, 2015 - 12:09 PM

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Technical glitch delays US passports, visas

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:33 AM

This issue is not specific to any particular country citizenship document or visa category says the US State Department

[DASH OF SAS] No one's daughter

Jun 11, 2014 - 12:36 PM

I looked for the sense of belonging that eluded me in others which resulted in many mistakes that could not be undone and only learned from

US grants gay spouses equal visa privileges

Aug 03, 2013 - 9:07 PM

The announcement comes a month after a historic ruling by the US Supreme Court which struck down a law denying federal benefits to homosexual couples

Gay rights activists react in Washington DC after the US Supreme Court struck down the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Photo by AFP/Mladen Antonov

Tourists seeking U.S. visa face long wait

Mar 01, 2013 - 8:21 AM

If the automatic budget cuts take effect the State Department will be forced to cut back its programs including consular services

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB