UPATED July 25, 2017
According to a Reuters exclusive, the U.S. State Department (DOS) will now require all nations to provide extensive data to help it vet visa applicants and determine whether a traveler poses a terrorist threat.
The DOS cable specified a report outlining information needed from every country in order to sufficiently vet the nationals of that country in order to obtain a visa, admission at a port of entry, or other immigration benefit. The report establishes standards related to (1) identity management and (2) information sharing on security and public safety threats. It also includes a classified list of countries preliminarily assessed as not meeting the standards set out in the report and a list of those at risk of not meeting these standards.
The cable initiates a 50-day Engagement Period wherein consular posts must inform host governments of the new information sharing standards and request that host governments provide the requested information or develop a plan to do so. The DOS will work with host countries to assess whether the country currently meets these standards and, if it does not, help design a plan to allow it to do so. Non-compliance could result in sanctions.
(1) Identity Management
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