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US visa applicants to be asked for social media history: State Department

WASHINGTON: The US government plans to collect social media history from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, State Department proposals showed on Friday as part of President Donald Trump’s policy of “extreme vetting.” Most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants - about 14.7 million people - will be asked to list on a federal application form all of the social media identities that they have used in the past five years - information that will be used to vet and identify them, according to the…

‘Happy’ Afghan girls compete at robotics meet after US visa woes

WASHINGTON: Huddled around a small table in the halls of a cavernous Washington concert hall, a group of Afghan teenage girls tweak gears and sprockets on their radio-controlled robot, hoping to best the competition. But the six proud nerds from war-torn Afghanistan's western province of Herat almost didn't make it to the US capital for the chance to battle other high school students from around the world. Twice denied US visas until a late intervention by President Donald Trump's administration, they are now hoping to…

Trump scraps one Obama immigration policy, keeps another

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is canceling an Obama-era policy allowing millions of undocumented parents of US-born children to stay in the country, but leaving intact a separate scheme protecting young immigrants. In a statement late Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it was rescinding a 2014 policy to shield from deportation an estimated 3.6 million people. The policy, known as DAPA -- for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents -- has never been implemented due…

Worker visas face uncertain future under Trump

WASHINGTON: The main US visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year. The tech industry, which has lobbied to expand the program, may now have to fight a rear-guard action to protect it, immigration attorneys and lobbyists said. Trump sent mixed signals on the campaign trail,…

US issues ‘last-minute visa’ to Maria desperately in need of surgery

ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy in the federal capital finally issued a last-minute visa to Maria, an ailing six-year-old girl from Rawalpindi desperately in need of surgery in the United States. Shahidullah, the father of Maria, said his family was ‘so happy’ after hearing the news and thanked friends and supporters world over who helped them. Maria’s father, who owns a shop selling blankets in Rawalpindi, campaigned for nearly four years seeking treatment for Maria, who suffers from a genetic disorder known as ‘Morquio…