Tag: Visas

U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

In the weeks since the British government announced that it would offer 5,000 temporary visas to truck drivers from continental Europe, part of a campaign to reduce supply chain pressure in the run-up to Christmas, Lukasz Skopinski, a Polish trucker now working in the United Kingdom, has offered this advice to friends back home: Don’t […]

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U.S. and China Agree to Ease Restrictions on Journalists

WASHINGTON — The United States and China announced an agreement on Tuesday to ease restrictions on foreign journalists operating in the two countries, tempering a diplomatic confrontation that led to the expulsion of some American reporters from China during the last year of the Trump administration. The deal was first reported by China Daily, the […]

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Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

WASHINGTON — The tiny Middle Eastern nation of Qatar will serve as a diplomatic proxy for the United States in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Friday, representing American interests and helping to process visas for thousands of people who are looking to flee Taliban control. Qatar for years has been a […]

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Democrats’ Plan to Overhaul Legal Immigration Focuses on Green Card Backlog

WASHINGTON — As Democrats scramble to ensure that protections for millions of undocumented immigrants are included in a sprawling social-safety net package, Dr. Pranav Singh is focused on a lesser-known plan to address the green card backlog that pushed him to leave his family and job in Iowa. After nearly a decade of treating patients […]

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Green Card Backlog Focus of Democrats’ Latest Immigration Effort

WASHINGTON — As Democrats scramble to ensure that protections for millions of undocumented immigrants are included in a sprawling social-safety net package, Dr. Pranav Singh is focused on a lesser-known plan to address the green card backlog that pushed him to leave his family and job in Iowa. After nearly a decade of treating patients […]

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Missing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges

Neha Mahajan was a television journalist in India before her husband’s job moved her family to the United States in 2008. She spent years locked out of the labor market, confined by what she calls the “gilded cage” of her immigration status — one that the pandemic placed her back into. Ms. Mahajan started working […]

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Concert Halls Are Back. But Visa Backlogs Are Keeping Musicians Out.

When the Seattle Symphony finally performed before a full audience last month for the first time in a year and half, something was missing: its music director, the Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard, who could not get a visa to travel to the United States. The New York Philharmonic had to find a last-minute substitute this […]

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Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — More than a month after a frenzied U.S. effort to evacuate thousands facing retribution from the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of Congress are still quietly pushing the government to help extract a small group of stranded Afghans who are direct relatives of American military service members. The service members, some of whom have […]

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The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

The classification of “Asian-Pacific” was purely racial: A second-generation Chinese immigrant from, say, Argentina would not be able to apply for a visa as an Argentine. Because of his racial origin, he would always be Chinese, whereas the British-born child of Italian immigrants could come to the United States under the British quota. The McCarran-Walter […]

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Gas Shortages and Long Lines Upend Britons’ Daily Lives

LONDON — In the northern English town of Baildon, Jag Sanghera took the train to work instead of driving, saving fuel needed to drive his daughter to nursery school. In west London, Laid Ibrahim, an Uber driver, tried at least seven gas stations before finding one open at 2 a.m. and waiting in line for […]

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U.K. Offers Thousands of Visas to Foreign Truckers to Ease Driver Shortage

Though business groups generally welcomed the government’s move, some expressed doubt that it would be sufficient. The government’s reversal also comes after the hauling and logistics industries in Britain pleaded with lawmakers to ease restrictions on visas for drivers from the European Union. Logistics U.K., a trade group, had sought 10,000 seasonal visas for drivers, […]

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