The United States imposed on citizens of a number of Asian and African countries wishing to visit it to deposit a financial guarantee that could reach $ 15,000 to discourage them from remaining on its territory after the expiration of their visas, in a new tightening of measures aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
The administration of outgoing President Donald Trump said that this new measure will enter into force on December 24 for a trial period of six months, but President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20, may intentionally end it before that date after he promised during the election campaign to pursue a less immigration policy Strictly speaking.
The official motive behind this bail is to contribute to the cost of deporting the owner if he stays for longer than his authorized and becomes a resident in secret.
The new measure mainly includes travelers from African countries (Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan and Chad) and Asia (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Iran, Laos, Syria and Yemen) as well as Papua New Guinea.
According to the decree published in the Official Gazette and outlining the effects of this decision, more than 10% of visitors from these 23 countries stay on US soil after the expiry of the period allowed in their visas..
Under the new procedure, citizens of these countries who hold “B” visas that allow a short-term visit to the United States for the purpose of tourism or trade will be required to pay each of them an amount that can reach up to $ 15,000 held by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department if He failed to prove that he left the United States within the specified time limit.
The requirement to deposit this guarantee does not apply to students nor to travelers from developed countries who do not require the United States to obtain a visa to enter its territory..
Contrary to what happened in the past in all cases related to the amendment of immigration rules, this guarantee was approved without prior notice and without putting it on public debate..
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