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TRAVEL
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
L.A. rap collective Odd Future will have to unpack: Authorities in New Zealand have refused to allow the group into the country for a scheduled appearance Saturday opening for Eminem after deeming it a threat to public order. "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often,” Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin told reporters after announcing that the government would not approve visas for six members of the group. Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted “OF is banned from New Zealand, again.
WORLD
January 31, 2014 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Before serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Shafiq Nazari passed exhaustive background checks by U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The military trusted him enough to issue him an automatic rifle. He has fired it during several firefights with insurgents, fighting shoulder to shoulder with U.S. soldiers and Marines on about 200 combat missions in Afghanistan. Nazari, 38, a compact man with short-cropped hair and a trim black beard, has been issued a badge that gives him free run of a high-security U.S. base in downtown Kabul, where he translates for U.S. military advisors.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Neiman Marcus Group said data from more than a million of its customers' payment cards may have been nabbed by hackers who breached the upscale retailer's system last year. The company said malicious software was surreptitiously installed to collect, or “scrape,” payment card information from July 16 to Oct. 30, leaving 1.1 million cards “potentially visible” to hackers. Though the investigation is ongoing, Neiman Marcus said it has been informed by Visa, MasterCard and Discover that 2,400 cards have since been used fraudulently.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Tina Susman, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors charged an Indian diplomat with visa fraud Thursday for lying to cover up her housekeeper's wretched working conditions, but it was not clear if the woman whose arrest sparked an international uproar would face U.S. justice. The U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in court documents that he understood the defendant, Devyani Khobragade,  had been granted diplomatic immunity and had “departed the United States today.” “Therefore the charges shall remain pending until such time as she can be brought to court,” he said.  Later, a spokesman for Bharara said Khobragade had not left the country after all. [Updated, 8:29 p.m. PST Jan. 9: Late Thursday, however, the Associated Press reported that she had left the U.S. after a court hearing attended only by attorneys in the case.
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.
OPINION
December 18, 2001
Re "10 Held as INS Targets Visa Abuses," Dec. 13: Muslim activists complain about the recent roundup of Middle Easterners who have overstayed their visas, claiming that they are being profiled. When they signed the visa application they made a promise to the U.S. government to abide by the terms of the visa. By overstaying, they have broken their promise. Perhaps in other cultures and societies a promise is meaningless, but in American society, promises are expected to be kept. Henry Sakaida Temple City
TRAVEL
November 3, 2013
Mark Boster, photographer, deserves much praise for the lead photo on the Travel section cover with the story "Talk About Color" [Oct. 27], in which flamingos are reflected in the water where orange koi are also swimming. The orange, green, and black colors, with the huge flamingos seeming to melt into the water, make a great pre-Halloween image. Thank you, Mark Boster, thank you L.A. Times. Cherie Rouse Loma Linda Regarding Catharine Hamm's Oct. 27 More for Your Money column, "Playing Your Credit Cards Right": We were scheduled to depart for a 22-day trip to England and France on Monday, Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When writer Ilija Trojanov wasn't allowed to board his Miami-bound plane on Monday, he was surprised. The Bulgarian-German author was in Brazil, in the middle of a trip that would bring him to an academic conference in Denver, and he had his visa to come to America in hand. "I have not been allowed to travel to Iran, Tadjikistan and Kirkystan and now the USA," he told The Times by email, "but the other three did not grant me a visa, so I just stayed at home, more comfortable than hanging out at Brazilian airports.
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