Summer Delays Likely As State Dept. Ups Visa Screening

Law360, New York (April 4, 2017, 9:09 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Department of State issuing cables aimed at increasing visa scrutiny for certain applicants, attorneys say delays are likely, especially this summer, and that employers will need to factor in extra time during the visa application process.

The State Department recently released four cables on visa issues, according to publicly leaked copies, and while some sections were halted after a ruling against the president’s new travel ban, other heightened screening measures remain in effect.

For example, in a cable dated March 17, consular heads were told to assemble working groups to come up with criteria to identify “populations” that...

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