For many researchers and academics around the world, studying and working in countries such as the United States or United Kingdom is a major step along the path of career development. But many prospective researchers face a long and tortuous process to get a visa to enter the US – and some are denied entry altogether.
Researchers from countries listed on the Trump administration’s travel ban, namely Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela, have had virtually no prospect of participating in prestigious US research projects or educational programmes for well over a year now. But scientists and analysts from other countries around the world also have to contend with time-consuming and expensive visa applications that routinely demand the submission of detailed evidence on one’s travel, employment and personal history. All the while, scholars from China have faced bans on entry to the US or have been granted shorter visa terms amid continuing mistrust between the two countries over trade, intelligence and intellectual property.
Lead researchers at US institutions say visa rules are now so stringent and exacting that they are discouraging some of the world’s most promising practitioners from even attempting entry to the country. Harvard’s president is among those concerned over the impact US immigration policy is having on faculty and students, while business analysts say walling off access to the best and brightest is a brake on innovation.
We’ll look at the immigration hurdles researchers and scholars face, and the impact it is having on science and academia.
The US government has banned visa-free entry into the United States for travelers who visited North Korea after March 2011. Some 37-thousand South Koreans will be affected by this new restriction, which is expected to deal a blow to North Korea’s tourism industry as well as South Korea’s push to resume tourism to North Korea’s Mount Kumkang resort.
Currently, citizens of 38 countries including South Korea can visit the United States without a visa for as long as 90 days. This is thanks to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA. However the US government has now banned visa-free travel for foreign nationals who have a record of visiting North Korea after March 2011. The new rule applies to all 38 countries under the U.S. visa waiver program. Around 37-thousand South Koreans obtained approval to make cross-border visits to the North during the period in question. The list includes conglomerate chiefs and entertainers who accompanied the president to the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang last September. Participants of inter-Korean family reunions and business people who visited the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea are also included. These people will now need to apply for a visa at the US embassy in order to travel to America. During their visa interview, they will need to explain why they had visited North Korea. Those violating this new rule and attempting to enter the US using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization can face criminal penalties in accordance with US law.
[Soundbite] KIM IN-CHUL(SPOKESMAN, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS) : “Seoul will closely cooperate with the U.S. to minimize inconveniences.”
The US enforces its ban on visa-free entry to foreign travelers with records of visiting seven countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. North Korea was reinstated to this list in November 2017 following the death of the American student Otto Warmbier who was detained in the North. The new tra
From now on, anyone who has visited North Korea or lived there at any time since March 2011 will not be allowed into the United States using its special visa waiver system known as ESTA.
They’ll have to apply for an ordinary visa.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the new measures on Monday. ESTA allows people from 38 countries including South Korea to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.
There are only a few exceptions for diplomats and military-related cases
The U.S. applies similar restrictions to people who have visited certain other countries including Iraq, Iran and Syria.
According to Seoul’s Unification Ministry, this rule change will apply to some 37-thousand South Koreans.
The US is considering a cap on H1B visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally. The cap could be 10-15% and India is one of the countries that want data stored locally. We speak more on this with Jayant Dasgupta, Former Ambassador & Former Permanent Representative of India to the WTO, Prasenjit Bose, Economist & Political Analyst and Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India with Tamanna Inamdar.
DschingisKhan 79 per Mail: Ich habe gelesen, dass die USA bald meine Social Media Profile durchforsten werden, wenn ich dort einreisen will. Was dürfen die dann? Auch meine privaten Nachrichten lesen? Was, wenn ich einfach alles auf privat stelle oder einzelne Beiträge lösche – kommen die da trotzdem noch ran?
Stromi fragt via E-Mail: #fragwbs Habe vor kurzem einige Motorradfahrer getroffen, welche erzählten sie wären von der Polizei kontrolliert worden. Soweit, so gut, allerdings wurden sie und die Motorräder kontrolliert ob Action Cam´s montiert waren, mit der Bemerkung seitens der Polizei, das wäre wegen der neuen Datenschutzverordnung und Nummernschilder müssten sowieso verpixelt werden??? Ist da was dran?
Rechtsanwalt Christian Solmecke
Christian Solmecke hat sich als Rechtsanwalt und Partner der Kölner Medienrechtskanzlei WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE auf die Beratung der Internet-, IT- und Medienbranche spezialisiert. So hat er in den vergangenen Jahren den Bereich Internetrecht/E-Commerce der Kanzlei stetig ausgebaut und betreut zahlreiche Medienschaffende, Web 2.0 Plattformen und App-Entwickler.
Neben seiner Kanzleitätigkeit ist Solmecke Geschäftsführer des Deutschen Instituts für Kommunikation und Recht im Internet an der Cologne Business School (http://www.dikri.de). Dort beschäftigt er sich insbesondere mit den Rechtsfragen in Sozialen Netzen. Vor seiner Tätigkeit als Anwalt arbeitete er über 10 Jahre als freier Journalist und Radiomoderator (u.a. für den Westdeutschen Rundfunk).
ICE or Immigration and Customs Enforcement used a controversial tactic of setting up a fake university offering CPT or Curricular Practical Training permission from Day 1 of enrollment. Hundreds of gullible international students, most of them from the Indian states of Telangana and Andhra, fell prey to this entrapment. Bisbo details how the trap was set and tells you important lessons you should learn.
The Detroit News
Feds used fake Michigan university in immigration sting, Robert Snell Jan. 31, 2019
How the feds pulled off University of Farmington sting, January 30, 2019
US-India Farmington university row: ‘I fled after fake college raid’, February 8, 2019,
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Online, the U. of Farmington Looked Real. Behind the Scenes, It Was a Federal Sting Operation. Lily Jackson January 30, 2019
New York Times
ICE Ran a Fake University in Michigan to Catch Immigration Fraud, Sarah Mervosh, January 31, 2019
Times of India
Hollywood actors among nearly 50 charged in college admission scam; Mar 13, 2019
US lawmakers seek due process and humane treatment for detained desis; Feb 12, 2019
India issues demarche to US on arrest of students; Feb 3, 2019
600 Indian students’ entrapped by US govt; Feb 1, 2019
GPS anklet and food on dole: After Farmington, she reaps only distress; Feb 11, 2019
US fits trackers ons students caught in fake varsity racket; Feb 2, 2019
Detained students were aware of their crimes: US; PTI; Feb 6, 2019
Going abroad for studies? You may have to register with the govt.; Feb 6, 2019
Pay-to-stay scam: Many more Indian students fear being trapped, detained, CR Sukumar; Feb 16, 2019
Trapping Indian students? Really Mr. Trump; Seema Sirohi; Feb 6, 2019
Felicity Huffman indicted in college admission scam, Mar 15, 2019