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  • Israel’s visa waiver chances dim

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Right now, an Israeli citizen who wants to travel to the United States has to contend with long lines at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv and a long wait to see if the visa application will be approved. Even Miss Israel had to cancel an appearance at an event in New York last...

  • U.S. embassy issues first visas to same-sex Israeli couples

    August 8, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    The American embassy in Tel Aviv issued its first derivative visas to same-sex Israeli couples.

    The derivative visa allows the applicant to receive a visa through a spouse or first-degree relative who is eligible for residence in the United States.

    The embassy on Thursday...

  • Iranians in Canada caught using fake Israeli passports

    July 25, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Seven Iranians were caught using fake Israeli passports at Vancouver International Airport.

    The Iranians, whose identity is unknown, were posing as the Solomons family from the central Israeli city of Rehovot, according to reports. They may have been trying to take advantage of...

  • One voice for comprehensive immigration reform

    March 21, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Family is the foundation of American society, and united families strengthen us as individuals and as communities. Tragically, many immigrant families remain separated for years — often decades — because of our severely broken immigration system. Bureaucratic visa delays can go on...

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  • Miss Israel misses U.S. event due to visa restrictions

    March 19, 2013 | 6:53 am

    Yityish Aynaw may have a meeting set up with President Barack Obama when he travels to Israel later this week, but getting one with a U.S. embassy employee in Tel Aviv is a more difficult task.

    Israel's first beauty queen of Ethiopian Jewish descent was unable to attend a Friends...

  • Sherman Responds on Visa Waiver for Israel Act

    February 21, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Mr. Herman’s article, “Sherman’s U.S. Visa Waiver for Israel Endangered by High Rejection Rate of Israeli Non-Immigrants” on February 14, 2013, missed an important point: some countries have been admitted to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program with higher visa rejection rates than Israel....

  • Sherman’s US Visa Waiver for Israel Endangered by High Rejection Rate of Israeli Non-Immigrants

    By Pini Herman

    February 14, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Many Israelis experience rejection by U.S. consular officers in Tel Aviv when applying for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. In 2010, 6.4 percent of the over 140 thousand Israeli U.S. non-immigrant visa applicants, approximately 8,000 Israelis were refused a visitors visa in 2010 .

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  • Israeli soccer player on U.K. team barred from entering Dubai

    February 14, 2013 | 5:30 am

    An Israeli soccer player for a British team is sitting out a team visit to Dubai because of tensions between the emirate and Israel.

    The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session, The Jewish...

  • Will we finally be visa-free?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 6, 2013 | 10:13 am

    "A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressmen has drafted legislation that would allow Israelis to visit the United States for 90 days without a visa."  These words opened an article in The Jerusalem Post a couple of weeks ago. You may read this and think to yourself "well, that's...

  • For science and U.S. jobs: Allow Israelis to visit America visa-free

    January 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    The majority of Americans are supportive of Israel. Still, for good reasons, many in Jewish and pro-Israel communities are deeply anxious about both the security of Israel and the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Stopping Iran from building a nuclear weapon and...

  • Obama enacts visa program for religious workers

    October 1, 2012 | 10:19 am

    President Barack Obama enacted a three-year extension to a visa program for religious workers.

    Obama on Sept. 28 signed the law, passed by Congress with overwhelming margins earlier in September, extending the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program until Sept....

  • Obama signs bill extending investor visa to Israelis

    June 11, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    President Obama signed legislation that would that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.

    The legislation, which was spearheaded by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), would grant Israelis E-2 investor visas, allowing...

  • Senate unanimously approves E-2 visas for Israeli investors

    May 25, 2012 | 10:20 am

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill allowing Israeli investors to reside here to oversee their businesses in this country, which backers say will spur job creation and economic growth.

    The bill had unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 and now...

  • H-1B Visa Filling Up Fast - Your Strategies & Options

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 25, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The USCIS began accepting H-1B work visa petitions for the 2013 fiscal year on April 2, 2012. Every year, Congress allots 65,000 H-1B visas for qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees (regular cap). An additional 20,000 are reserved for applicants with master degrees or higher...

  • House committee backs visa bill for Israeli investors

    February 28, 2012 | 11:26 am

    The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.

    The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and approved Feb. 28 by the House of Representatives...

  • Berman’s Israeli investor visa bill: a small (and problematic) fix

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    This entry takes a closer look at a bill mentioned near the end of the run-down of the race in the 30th district that appears in the newest issue of the Jewish Journal.

    When Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) introduced a bill that would allow certain Israeli entrepreneurs to apply for...

  • Gaza visitors must obtain visa from Hamas

    October 10, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Foreign visitors to Gaza must now get a visa from the ruling Hamas organization.

    Visitors can apply for the visa online or through a local sponsor, The Associated Press reported.

    Activists and aid workers will be most affected by the new rules, which go into effect Sunday,...

  • Ten years later, terrorists still using immigration loopholes

    September 6, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Terrorism and U.S. immigration policies are closely linked. We have made some progress since terrorists killed 3,000 innocent people in New York and Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, but clearly not enough.

    All 19 of the 9/11 hijackers entered the country with...

  • The ABCs of immigrating to the USA

    By Cedric M. Shen

    February 15, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Immigration. 

    Rarely has such an innocuous word caused so much debate, stirred so much passion, and given so much hope, in recent times.  From 9/11, to the Great Recession, to SB 1070, to the DREAM Act - immigration issues permeate just about every facet of our lives.  I am a U.S....

  • Partner of slain Israeli gets visa extension

    February 10, 2011 | 10:17 am

    The partner of an Israeli man killed in an attack on a gay community center in Tel Aviv has been granted a temporary visa after being ordered deported.

    Thomas Schmidt of Germany, who has lived in Israel for six years, was contacted Feb. 6 by Israel’s Interior Ministry to remind him...

  • Escape, exile, rebirth: Iranian Jewish diaspora alive and well in Los Angeles

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Thirty years have passed since the massive and violent demonstrations against the Shah of Iran that began in September 1978, and for many, the start of that country's bloody revolution might seem a faded memory. Yet I have carried those shattering events with me all of my life: I was...
  • Sion Ebrahami: I was taken hostage by the moujahadeen

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:09 am

    If you ask retired Iranian Jewish accountant and author Simon "Sion" Ebrahimi about being held hostage for many months in his office in Tehran during the Iranian revolution, he will tell you the circumstances were a sort of a tragic comedy. Ebrahimi's office was located across the...
  • Final aliyah flight leaves Ethiopia for Israel, U.S. revokes Fulbright winners’ visas

    August 6, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Last Ethiopian Airlift Heads to Israel

    The last official airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, bringing to an end a state-organized campaign that began nearly 30 years ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African nation.

    The...

  • More Information on Getting That Visa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Visa Violations

    The U.S. government estimates that about 40 percent of people who are in this country illegally arrived on a legal visa but lost their legal status either by overstaying or otherwise violating the terms of their visa. These are sometimes referred to as "nonimmigrant...

  • U.S. Immigration Issue Hits Israelis

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    These days, so much depends upon language. One person's "civil war" is another's "random violence." Someone's "unlawful wiretapping" is someone else's "terrorist surveillance."

    In that sense, whether you use "illegal aliens" or "undocumented residents" partly depends on how you view...

  • Time to Go Home

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When my wife and I woke up on the day we made aliyah, we talked and decided that we felt good. Natural. Normal. A little excited. A bit eager. Somewhat tired from some late-night, last-minute packing. Above all, we were ready. It was time to go.

    The family dressed in T-shirts that...

  • Smuggling Jicama

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Security measures enacted after 9/11 are impeding the inflow of scientific talent that helps energize American universities.... If the red tape is not untangled soon, it could cause long-term harm to universities and high-tech industries." -- (Visa Quagmire, The New York Times...

  • Your Dime or Mine?

    By Carin Davis

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mike was the kind of blind date I couldn't wait to meet. He scored Kobe-size points on my over-the-phone potential meter.

    You hang at Q's? I hang at Q's. You're from the Midwest? I'm from the Midwest. You like the Green Bay Packers? OK, so he had one flaw. But he made up for it...

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