US issues visa restrictions for Guinea, Eritrea, over deportations

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States announced today, Tuesday, that it will halt issuing certain visas to Guinean officials and Eritrean nationals as of Wednesday, September 13, 2017. A released obtained said the new State Department’s restrictions are geared at four Asian and African nations that have rejected to take back citizens of their countries who’ve been deported.

Under specific federal law, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can halt all or specific types of visas from being issued to such nations. The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea said in a release that they will stop issuing business and tourism visas to Eritrean nationals, with “limited exceptions.

Eritrea, an East African nation, is considered a major source of migrants who claimed they are escaping a scheme of forced military enrollment that has been repeatedly censured by the United Nations and various human rights groups.

In Guinea, a West African nation, the U.S. Embassy declaration said the new restrictions on business, tourism and student visas will distress only government officials and their immediate family members.

Sierra Leone and Cambodia, which are also likely to be impacted by the visa restrictions, have not made any statement though there are no statements the on websites of the US embassies in those countries as of Tuesday evening.

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.