State Dept. Suspends Iraqi Visas Over System Vulnerabilities

Law360 (January 22, 2021, 10:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of State on Friday temporarily suspended a refugee visa program for Iraqis who had previously worked in support of the U.S. government, saying it needed to address vulnerabilities uncovered during recent federal investigations.

The 90-day pause to the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis follows recent indictments of people involved in a scheme to steal records from the State Department's system for processing refugee applications, specifically targeted at applications made under the program, according to the department.

"We recognize the importance of assisting those who legitimately put their lives at risk to provide critical support to the United...

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