April 25, 2012 |
If you're Chinese or Brazilian, the wait for your U.S. visa may be over. OK, not completely over, but perhaps not as long as it once was. Against the backdrop of Disney World in Florida, President Obama acknowledged on Jan. 19 the importance of tourism to the U.S. economy and promised that the waits for visas, which published reports said often lasted three months, would improve. “We will always protect our borders and shores and our tourist destinations from people who want to do us harm,” Obama said.
April 25, 2013 |
Sending a teenager to prom is getting more and more expensive, costing roughly as much as an international flight, according to a new survey from Visa. The outfits, the primping, the limo, the dance ticket, the after-party and sundry other expenses add up to a glittery night valued at $1,139, according to telephone interviews with 3,000 respondents. That's up from the $1,079 average last year and a 40% increase from the $807 average in 2011. The party costs more for families in the Northeast, who this year will shell out $1,528 compared to the $722 budgeted by those in the Midwest.
October 3, 2012 |
Mike Tyson was looking forward to meeting the people who inspired his famous facial tattoo. And, presumably, some people in New Zealand and Australia were looking forward to hearing the former boxing great during his speaking tour down under. But it now appears that nobody is going to get their wish. Tyson's visa for New Zealand has been canceled after a charity that would have benefited from a appearance by the one-time heavyweight champ pulled out of the event due to his 1992 rape conviction.
June 22, 2012 |
Every harvest season, U.S. produce growers have a narrow window in which the success of an entire year's work is dependent on human labor. With some crops, this window is only a few days. But finding a secure, reliable workforce to bring in the harvest can be extremely difficult. Over the last decade, American farmers have floated many ideas for remedying this situation, but they haven't been able to stir up the political will to change a broken immigration system. Both political parties share in the failure to act. In 2009 and 2010, Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, yet there was no action on immigration reform.
April 21, 2010 |
Visa Inc., the world's biggest payments network, agreed to buy CyberSource Corp. for about $2 billion in cash to expand online and defend its market share from electronic-commerce firms such as EBay Inc.'s PayPal. Visa will pay $26 a share for Mountain View, Calif.- based CyberSource, which helps merchants accept online payments and provides security solutions, the companies said Wednesday. That's about 34% more than CyberSource's closing price Tuesday. "We're paying attention to PayPal, as well as other companies getting into the e-commerce space, and we are obviously concerned that it would have an effect on our market share," Chief Executive Joseph W. Saunders said.
March 30, 2012 |
MasterCard Inc.andVisa Inc.warned Friday that some of the data in their cardholder accounts may have been breached. The companies don't directly issue credit cards - they process card transactions for the banks that do. MasterCard said that it had notified banks - as well as law enforcement - of a potential problem with a third party, “U.S.-based entity.” An independent data security organization is conducting a forensic review, MasterCard...