Trump Draft Executive Order Deletes Easy Visa Process for Visitors from Close Allies

The headline was that Trump may be proposing a “Muslim ban” on refugees from certain countries.  The draft order, however, would also suspend “the Visa Interview Waiver Program — a system under which people renewing some kinds of US visas, or children or the elderly do not need to appear in person for an interview.”

That means that our friends from New Zealand and Australia, among others, would no longer be given easy access to visitor’s visas, and could even be subject to interrogation:

. . . . the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Programme would make life more difficult for some New Zealanders who did have work or other visas for the US — meaning they would no longer be able to renew them electronically or by mail and would instead have to travel to the US consulate in Auckland for an interview.

Some of our friends from Australia are not taking this easily:


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