According to Cambodia Daily, US officials have expressed concern that agencies are encouraging Cambodians to commit fraud in order to apply for American visas.
Travel agents, visa facilitators and organized fraud rings are convincing Cambodian citizens to use counterfeited documents, such as fake bank statements, for their applications, according to US government officials.
Clay Adler, regional fraud prevention manager based at the US Embassy in Bangkok, said that these documents are often not required, but can result in an applicant being banned from the US for life.
The US Embassy in Cambodia issues a warning to visa brokers in the country.
“Please note that the Consular Section does not deal with visa brokers. Anyone who claims they can guarantee visa issuance or expedite visa processing is lying. The Consular Section treats allegations of fraud or malfeasance in visa processing very seriously. If you have specific information about an incidence of fraud or malfeasance, please contact our office by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
If you are ever in doubt of whether you are in the presence of a visa broker as opposed to a real lawyer, watch for the following telltale signs:
Increasing numbers of pregnant Chinese women are flocking to the US shortly before their due date, due to the US rules that automatically grant citizenship to anyone born in the States.
About 10,000 Chinese women traveled to the US to give birth in 2012, a figure double the 4,200 in 2008.
US immigration attorneys in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds are experts US visa law
As CNN writes, this birth tourism industry has sprouted out of parents desire to obtain a US passport for their child, should the Chinese pollution and food safety scares become too great an issue.
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Russia’s lower house speaker Sergei Naryshkin has accused the US State department of “diplomatic impropriety” after Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament was granted a limited US visa, apparently making her forthcoming UN conference impossible, reports Sputnik.
Matvienko was due to head Russia’s delegation to the 4TH World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the UN headquarters.
Naryshkin told reporters on Friday:
“I cannot but address another rudeness on the part of the US State Department. The limits and standards of diplomatic impropriety are being set today in Washington.
“Such a shameless violation of international law as the decision of US authorities to impose visa restrictions on the Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko is just another example of this.”
US visa attorneys in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds have decades of experience handling US visas and USA Immigration for Thai nationals.
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Online visa application problems continue to plague the US National Visa Center, despite attempts at reform, reports National Law Review.
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Recurrent system issues include an inability to submit applications and make online payments, no doubt causing cries of frustration worldwide from visa applicants. The US Department of State (DOS) and National Visa Center (NVC) have stated they are resolving the problems with the Consular Electronic Application Center.
Applicants however continue to report problems.
US visa lawyers in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds are specialists in US visas and USA Immigration for Thai nationals.
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Brian Wright, an unlicensed U.S. visa consultant in Thailand, was found guilty on October 28 of criminal charges for having sex with a 12-year-old child, reports Case Watch Asia.
The Thailand immigration attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds have been assisting Thai and foreign clients in Thailand with visa applications since 1997.
Wright’s trial has lasted over three years in the Pattaya Provincial Court, according to Andrew Drummond. Wright was convicted last month under ss. 277 and 317 of the Criminal Code of Thailand and sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to Case Watch Asia
Wright is currently out of prison on a 400,000 baht (USD$12,217) bail pending appeal.
Andrew Drummond reports that an immigration block has been issued to prevent Wright from leaving the country. He is scheduled to report to the courts on Nov. 28.
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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy update expanding the definition of the terms “mother” and “parent” to include gestational mothers—women who may or may not be genetically related to a child they give birth to.
The Thailand US immigration attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds have been assisting Thai persons with US visas since 1997.
The updated definition applies to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Gestational mothers will now be able to:
Read the USCIS announcement:
USCIS Expands the Definition of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
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