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No reduced visa quota for Ethiopia under Donald Trump

Ethiopian News,borkena
February 10,2017

US Embassy in Addis Ababa_ no new Donald Trump Visa policy for Ethiopians
US embassy in Addis Ababa
Photo credit : US embassy

It’s like Donald Trump is being exploited for fake news and rumors. Apparently,there was a rumor that visa quota to Ethiopia and other African countries is introduced under the new administration.

The information was in circulation, it appears, after President Trump’s executive order to ban travelers from seven countries (Syria, Iraq,Yemen,Libya,Sudan,Yemen and Somalia) not to enter the U.S.

As it turns out, it seems to be the case that the circulating information is rather misinformation.

U.S embassy in Addis Ababa told Fana Broadcasting corporation,as per its report, that Washington has no new visa policy in place that reduces number of visas to be issued to Ethiopians or to travelers from African countries other than those that are under travel ban.

Any Ethiopian with valid US visa could enter the country without any problem.


Changes to the visa program

The only change that seem to be in effect regarding visa is for those whose visa is expired, according to Fana’s report which cited the US embassy.

There was a regulation in place for visa holder to get renewed visa via mail if more than four years is not lapsed since the expiration of their visa. That is not longer the case.

Visa holders whose visa is expired for more than one year will be considered like new visa applicants and have to go thorough the process like new applicants.

The only exception to this new regulation,based Fana Broadcasting report published earlier today,in Amharic, are seniors over 79 years of age and minors under 14 years of age.

borkena has not verified the information with US embassy. Should you need more information, consult US embassy Website.



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