Questions tagged [visa]

For questions relating to the politics behind the policies regarding the documents issued by one state to a citizen of another state granting that person permission to visit their territory legally. Other questions about visas may be appropriate for our sister sites Travel Stack Exchange and Expatriates Stack Exchange.

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Why doesn’t the UK allow asylum applications to be made from overseas?

As I listen to plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, I can’t help think it would be more effective to prevent people smuggling activity by allowing asylum seekers to apply from overseas. It could be ...
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How would one go about getting the USA to brain drain Russia by giving out green cards?

It has been suggested that offering green cards to Russians with STEM degrees can be an effective sanction against Putin. What would the political process for that be? Which political body in the USA ...
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Why does the United States government utilize random selection (a "lottery") to determine eligibility for an H-1B visa? [duplicate]

According to my understanding of the H-1B application process, applicants must be selected for further consideration by random selection (a "lottery"). Why doesn't the US consider all ...
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Afghan refugee vetting in addition to security concerns

The Biden administration has promised that Afghan refugees being lifted out will be vetted and backgrounds checked against biometric data. Though this is not necessary isolated to only Afghan refugees,...
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Who in the UK to email or write, to advocate counting time spent on Student Visas towards the required 5 years of continuous residence?

If I want to reform or campaign for time spent on a Student visa (previously called a Tier 4 (General) student visa) or a Youth Mobility Scheme visa to count towards the required five years of ...
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Why doesn't time spent on a Student or Youth Mobility Scheme visa count towards the required 5 years of continuous residence?

Time spent on a Student or Youth Mobility Scheme visa doesn't count towards the required 5 years of continuous residence for settlement in the UK. What's the policy reason? I note that non-UK students ...
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Why didn't the Thai government decide to enforce a COVID-19-related automated stay extension longer than 1 month?

As a result of COVID-19-related travel restrictions, the Thai government decided on April 7 to allow an automated visa extension till the 30th of April 2020. Why didn't the Thai government decide to ...
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US Pre-1987 Visa Issue Data?

I can see a count of nonimmigrant visas issued by classification on the Dept. of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website going back as far as 1987, but the H-1 visa was established in 1952. Does ...
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Why does the Thai government have high skill visa requiring a 200 000บ (6600$US) monthly salary?

(My mistake, correct salary is 200 000บ/month Document here (Thai language): https://www.boi.go.th/upload/smart%20visa%20details_Thai_25Jan%202018_51278.pdf) Thailand has a "smart visa" for high-...
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Are there any concrete measures taken by the European Commission to regulate the "golden passports"?

I have recently seen an older interview (end of 2017) with Ana Gomez arguing about the issues of the so called "golden citizenship" / "golden passports", the practice of giving visas and citizenship ...
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Is there such a thing as a voluntary extradition visa?

Suppose someone is on trial for a crime in a foreign country, for which they would need a visa and with which their home country does not have any extradition treaties. They could stay in their home ...
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UK visitor Visa & Brexit [closed]

I'll admit that the subject that I'm trying to unveil might be a little bit shallow, but I hope that it'll make some sense nonetheless. I'll be applying next year early January for the uk standard ...
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Why are governments moving away from true visa-free access to pre-authorization systems like the ESTA?

20 years ago, visa-free access only had one meaning: you hop on a plane, reach your destination and then proceed to the immigration counter. That's how it worked for EU citizens visiting the US, ...
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What factors drive the power of passports?

Why do most of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (ultra-rich) have lower Passport power as compared to Russian Federation (antagonistic to the West)? What factors drive the higher power of ...
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Why didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?

Ireland and the UK share an open-border area just like the Schengen countries, but unlike the Schengen area they lack a common short-term immigration policy. As a result, pretty much anyone can obtain ...
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Is there a list of persons affected by Proclamation 7750?

On January 12, 2004, George W. Bush issued Proclamation 7750 - To Suspend Entry as Immigrants or Nonimmigrants of Persons Engaged In or Benefiting From Corruption: The entry into the United States, ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

As per Wikipedia: As of 1 January 2017, Mauritian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 131 countries and territories, ranking the Mauritian passport 33rd in terms of travel freedom ...
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Why do the Federated States of Micronesia allow all nationalities in without a visa?

Many countries have relatively open visa policies, but the FSM allow residents of every country in the world to enter without a visa, visa on arrival, or any other form of authorization. Even ...
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Why did the presidents of US and Romania contradict each other about the Visa Waiver Program?

One question, addressed to US President Donald Trump, was related to the Visa Waiver Program. Specifically, if he and Romanian President had discussed the Visa Waiver Program for Romanians. Inclusion ...
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Why is visa-free travel such a big deal in politics?

There is currently a motion within the European Parliament to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians. However for some reason I don't understand why it's such a big improvement - most Ukrainians who ...
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What is the motivation behind the US I-Visa?

Whereas travellers to the US for "business or pleasure" may enter for up to 90 days visa-free (under the Visa Waiver Program / ESTA), you need a special one if you're "representing the ...
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Why does the U.S grant visas via lottery?

It is reasonable to grant a visa for education or investment but granting it by chance seems odd. I'm not sure if any other country does the same but there should be reason(s) for this (except giving ...
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