ASAE Signs Letter on Timely Visa Processing

ASAE joined the U.S. Travel Association and other travel and tourism stakeholders in urging the White House this week to reconsider eliminating a State Department policy that ensures that 80 percent of visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of submitting a visa application. The joint letter to the administration expresses the concern of ASAE… Read more »

DOL Will Revisit Overtime Threshold

As expected, the Department of Labor (DOL) last week dropped its defense of the Obama administration’s overtime rule, but indicated it will defend the agency’s right to set a salary threshold on who qualifies for overtime pay in the future. The overtime rule finalized by DOL last year would have doubled (to $47,476) the salary… Read more »

U.S., EU Officials Discuss Laptop Ban

Homeland Security (DHS) officials met with their European Union counterparts in Brussels earlier this week to discuss security concerns and a controversial U.S. proposal to ban laptops and other electronics from U.S.-bound flights. DHS and the European Commission issued a joint statement afterwards indicating that they have “reaffirmed their commitment to working closely together” and… Read more »

Ninth Circuit Hears Travel Ban Appeal

President Trump’s proposed travel ban was back in the legal spotlight this week, as a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed arguments from lawyers on both sides of the issue. Trump’s travel ban has been frozen by two courts, with those challenging the order arguing that it is… Read more »

ASAE Submits Comments on ‘Extreme Vetting’

ASAE submitted comments this week on the Trump administration’s proposed tougher scrutiny of foreign nationals seeking visas to travel to the United States. ASAE characterized the proposed tougher questioning of visa applicants – which includes reviewing 15 years of biographical information and social media usage – as “invasive and extreme.” “ASAE is strongly supportive of… Read more »