State Department rejects more than 37,000 visas due to travel ban

Aljazeera | February 28, 2019

The State Department refused more than 37,000 visa applications in 2018 due to the Trump administration's travel ban, up from less than 1,000 the previous year when the ban had not fully taken effect, according to agency data released on Tuesday. The United States denies nearly four million visa applications a year for a variety of reasons. The data released on Tuesday was the first comprehensive look at the human effect of Republican President Donald Trump's ban, imposed shortly after he took office and initially blocked by federal courts.

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Nearly three years on from the UK's Brexit referendum, there has been no let up in British demand for Irish passports. The BBC recently published data from the Irish Department of Justice which shows that there were 45,229 Irish passport applications from Great Britain in 2015, the year before the referendum. That number increased noticeably to 63,453 in 2016 when the UK voted leave.

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Nearly three years on from the UK's Brexit referendum, there has been no let up in British demand for Irish passports. The BBC recently published data from the Irish Department of Justice which shows that there were 45,229 Irish passport applications from Great Britain in 2015, the year before the referendum. That number increased noticeably to 63,453 in 2016 when the UK voted leave.

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