Visa Applications From Sanctioned Nations Can Be Paused

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Consular offices can pause, rather than deny, visa applications for people from countries hit with sanctions for not cooperating with U.S. deportation orders, the U.S. Department of State clarified in a pair of new regulations that took effect on Monday.

In the two-part final rule, the State Department said consular officers may now "discontinue granting" both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas — an "alternative" to issuing or denying visas — to applicants from countries that have been hit with U.S. visa sanctions either for refusing to accept or delaying the repatriation of its citizens who face final orders of removal from the...

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