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September 24, 1988 | Associated Press
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said Friday that a visa had been granted to an Armenian emigrant who halted his motorcade at the State Department to appeal for permission to visit his ailing mother. Ambarsum Khlgatian, 61, had stationed himself across the street from the building's diplomatic entrance Thursday carrying a placard that read, "Gorbachev, Let Me Visit My Dying Mother."
April 12, 1987
I would like to add a voice of support for Jerry Hulse's March 29 position in Travel Tips of possibly not visiting France until the visa fee is waived and the car rental tax revised downward. My wife and I canceled a six-week trip to France last year for similar reasons and we are not going this year either. There must be many others who feel as we do. We follow and enjoy Jerry Hulse's column as well as the entire Travel Section. We appreciate his speaking out on issues such as this from time to time.
July 12, 1987
I read with concern Craig Quintana's article in the Metro Section June 21 regarding the obstacles confronting the visa applicant planning to travel to France and French overseas territories. He mentions interminable lines at the French Consulate, where applicants spend the entire day. And he mentions Tahiti. I would like to clarify that tourists holding valid U.S. passports and planning to remain in Tahiti and her islands for less than 90 days will have their visas issued upon arrival in Tahiti, while they pass through Immigration.
February 20, 1996
Every day, I read about illegals coming into this country, receiving all kinds of benefits, which I'm paying for with my tax dollars. Now I want to tell you my tale: My family lives in Europe (I'm a legal immigrant for 40 years) and my 20-year-old niece is graduating from high school in May and will begin studying law in September. This young woman is fluent in three languages, English being one of them, and she would like to spend the summer with my family here in Thousand Oaks.
December 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Reliever Ronald Belisario has received a visa and will be in Arizona when the Dodgers open spring training, according to his agent. The hard-throwing Venezuelan missed the entire 2011 season because he was unable to gain entry into the United States. Belisario posted a 2.04 earned-run average in 69 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but his career was subsequently derailed by a series of personal problems. Facing drunk-driving charges, he had trouble securing a visa the next year and reported late to camp.
June 27, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
El Ciervo Encantado, a Cuban theater company that was to have made its U.S. debut at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, had to drop out after failing to get visas in time. The group will be replaced on the "Big! World! Fun!" family program at 10 a.m. by the L.A.-based Na Kapaku Islands Dance Ensemble.
September 28, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Two retired icons and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, are being kept waiting as the South African government weighs a decision on granting a visa for the Tibetan spiritual leader. Tutu, the retired Anglican archbishop for Cape Town, invited the Dalai Lama to attend his 80th birthday celebration next week and to deliver the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture on Oct. 8. But the African National Congress government, wary of irritating the country's largest trading partner, China, has refused to indicate whether it will grant the visa.
October 13, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
December 4, 1988
On the subject of Arafat having been denied a visa to the U.S., I believe Shultz has made the biggest mistake of his career. Arafat deserves to have a visa for the U.S., not to address the U.N., but to stand trial for all the crimes that he and his organization have committed against American citizens and other innocent civilians, namely women and children. KOUROSH KERMANIAN Los Angles
June 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Singer Boy George, who had planned a U.S. tour this summer, has been denied a visa to enter the country, his managers say. The 47-year-old performer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was turned down because he's awaiting trial in London, his representatives said. He has pleaded not guilty to imprisoning a man at his London home. The U.S. Department of State said visa records are confidential so it couldn't comment.
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