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February 10, 2002
Your article "Keeping Up With the Rules of the Visa Game" (Travel Insider, Jan. 27) mentioned an Australian government Web site where travelers can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority for approximately $11. I was surprised that you failed to mention that ETAs can be obtained free from the commercial carrier the traveler uses to enter Australia. Most of them are part of the computerized network that is used to obtain the ETA, and all the traveler has to do is provide passport information when booking or ticketing passage.
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WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - President Obama signed into law a bill Friday that will block Iran's new ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States. The measure is the first substantial bill from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential hopeful, to become law. It says the president can deny admission to any diplomat who “has been engaged in terrorist activity against the United States or its allies and may pose a threat to U.S. national security interests.” The bill is aimed at barring the entry of Hamid Aboutalebi, a veteran Iranian envoy who has acknowledged that he served as a part-time translator for Iranian militants during the 1979 U.S. Embassy crisis in Tehran.
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NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
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.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will not issue a diplomatic visa to Iran's new ambassador to the United Nations, the White House said Friday, complicating efforts to improve relations between the two countries. The administration opposes the selection of veteran diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi because of his ties to the student group that took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 American hostages in 1979. Earlier this week, the White House said Aboutalebi's appointment was " not viable . " In a rare bipartisan vote Thursday, the House approved a measure designed to bar Aboutalebi's entry to the country.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BRUSSELS -   The White House said it is “very disappointed” by Saudi Arabia's decision to deny a visa to a White House reporter for the Jerusalem Post who applied to cover President Obama's visit to that Middle East nation this week. The Kingdom did not offer an explanation for its decision to bar Michael Wilner, the paper's White House correspondent, from entering to cover two-day meeting  between Obama and King Abdullah, the Jerusalam Post reported. Senior White House officials lobbied unsuccessfully on behalf of Wilner.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
SPORTS
October 3, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
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.
OPINION
June 22, 2012 | By Tom Nassif
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2010 | Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu and E. Scott Reckard
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...
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The theme for prom this year appears to be frugality. A new survey conducted by Visa found that prom spending by teens and their families is expected to fall 14% this year to an average of $978. The average family spent $1,139 on prom in 2013. The costs include attire, limousine rental, tickets and dinner, according to the survey.  " The prom bubble has finally burst!," Visa's head of financial education, Nat Sillin, said in a statement. "I think people are realizing that prom is a dance, and you don't have to spend like a celebrity to have a great time.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The FBI has arrested a Moroccan on suspicion of lying on immigration documents, which wouldn't necessarily be news, except that he also is suspected of plotting to blow up a school and a government building by attaching a Southern California-made bomb to a drone. The purported threat came to light this week in the affidavit of an FBI agent seeking to arrest 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti. On Monday, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered Fahti held without bail. He has not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BRUSSELS -   The White House said it is “very disappointed” by Saudi Arabia's decision to deny a visa to a White House reporter for the Jerusalem Post who applied to cover President Obama's visit to that Middle East nation this week. The Kingdom did not offer an explanation for its decision to bar Michael Wilner, the paper's White House correspondent, from entering to cover two-day meeting  between Obama and King Abdullah, the Jerusalam Post reported. Senior White House officials lobbied unsuccessfully on behalf of Wilner.
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Newly levied visa restrictions and an executive order allowing financial sanctions against people or groups “threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine” will allow the U.S. to “impose costs” on Russia for its actions in Crimea, senior administration officials said Thursday. U.S. officials also rejected the idea of a referendum on whether Crimea should remain part of Ukraine, which Russian-backed officials announced Thursday.
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government will ban Russian officials and others involved in "threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine" from receiving U.S. visas, the White House announced Thursday. The move, which adds to existing visa restrictions on people involved in human rights abuses in Ukraine, marks a further escalation of U.S. pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian gunmen have seized control of the strategic Crimean peninsula. In a statement, the White House said President Obama had signed an executive order that allows the government to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for "undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Spending by international visitors to the United States continues to soar, with data for 2013 showing foreign travelers spent a record-breaking $180.7 billion on food, lodging, souvenirs and hotels. The spending by foreign visitors represented a 9% jump over 2012 and is the latest example of continuous growth since the Great Recession, according to the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. The rise in spending is good news for Los Angeles County, where tourism is one of the largest industries.
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government will ban Russian officials and others involved in "threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine" from receiving U.S. visas, the White House announced Thursday. The move, which adds to existing visa restrictions on people involved in human rights abuses in Ukraine, marks a further escalation of U.S. pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian gunmen have seized control of the strategic Crimean peninsula. In a statement, the White House said President Obama had signed an executive order that allows the government to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for "undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Visa Inc. is lending its clout — and some cash — to mobile payments company Square, bolstering prospects for the San Francisco start-up. The credit card giant said Wednesday that it made a strategic investment in Square, which will also include one of its executives joining the company's advisory board. Square declined to comment on the terms. A person familiar with the deal said it was in the "single-digit millions. " The investment was the latest in a move by Visa to evaluate "new technologies and invests in payment innovations that can enable more businesses to accept Visa," said John Partridge, president of the Foster City, Calif., company.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced on Tuesday a ban against issuing U.S. visas to foreigners implicated in wartime sexual violence. “No one at the highest level of military or governance who has presided over, or engaged in, or knew of, or adopted these kinds of attacks is ever going to receive a visa to travel into the United States of America from this day forward,” Kerry said during talks with his British counterpart, William Hague. Hague applauded the announcement.
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