Kushner Companies canceled two real estate presentations in China following a visa controversy last week.
Under new regulations the consulates are enforcing, anyone seeking to renew a passport who was not registered as living in Russia on February 6, 1992, will be rejected, even if his or her passport had been renewed on previous occasions. It is unclear just how many people this new policy will affect. But it will certainly apply to thousands of Jews who emigrated from Russia after July 1, 1991 — the date on which the Soviet Union, then in its final days, ended its policy of taking away the passports of Jews who left the country with exit visas to Israel.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry blamed Israel supporters for a new U.S. visa waiver law that excludes Iranian citizens and people who have visited Iran from visa-free travel to the United States.
A seemingly routine move in Congress to ease visa restrictions on Israelis has all but died. The measure was shelved amid a spy scandal and inside-the-Beltway politics.
The U.S. State Department is working to make tourist visas available for as many Israelis as possible, especially young people, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said.
Israeli tourists may enter Tunisia with pre-arranged papers and Jews especially should feel comfortable attending a major Jewish festival in May, the Tunisian tourism minister said.
Shirley Temple Black, who died at 85 on February 10, may have indirectly helped Masha Leon and her mother get visas to come to America.
The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution.
Immigration reform is more than legislating a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and enhancing border security.
Members of Syria’s Olympic team have said they hope that representing their compatriots at the London Games will bring a small amount of happiness to the war torn country. The vice-chairman of the country’s Olympic committee said that the problems at home had only increased athletes’ determination to achieve success at the Games. 400 metres hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad: “My feeling is of happiness, because it is the dream of every athlete to be in such a sporting event. So, yes, I am very happy and hopefully I will do something for my country and raise the flag for my country.” Syria has sent a 26-member delegation to the Olympic Games, including 10 athletes, nine coaches and seven government officials. However General Mowaffak Joumaa, chairman of the Syrian National Olympic Committee, was denied a visa to travel to Britain for the games as he was regarded as a close friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing mounting international criticism over his regime’s bloody crackdown on opponents. The visa denial triggered anger among some Syrians who said that the organisers were not respecting Syria’s sovereignty.