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Which Countries offer a Passport without Migrating?

Advertising Feature By Veronica Cotdemiey, CEO of Citizenship Invest. Citizenship with no commotion: Which countries offer a passport without migrating? The vast majority of people believe that the process of obtaining a second citizenship or another nationality is long and tedious. Most look to countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, along […]

Academic says Visiting Iraq caused Problems entering US

By John Lee. A British academic has said that visiting Iraq has caused him to have problems entering the United States. Writing in Times Higher Education, Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “My forays [into Iraq] have not been without consequence. In March this year I fell foul of Donald Trump’s travel restrictions […]

US Issues New Travel Ban

By John Lee. United States President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order banning people from six mainly Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Unlike the order signed in January, which was blocked by the courts, this new order removes Iraq from the list, but imposes additional vetting for Iraqis. Importantly, […]

Venezuelan VP in Iraq Passport Scandal

By John Lee. CNN‘s Spanish-language channel has alleged that Venezuelan passports and visas were sold to people in Iraq, including some with terrorism links. It also claimed that Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami (pictured) was directly linked to the granting of 173 passports, including to members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. In an unrelated story, […]

Visa Ban Amended to Allow Iraqi Interpreters enter US

By John Lee. The United States has amended its visa ban to allow emigration by the families of Iraqi interpreters who served the United States government and military forces deployed in their country According to the New York Times the change, recommended by the Pentagon, eased some of the anger generated in Iraq by President […]

Iraq Considers Retaliatory Ban on US Visitors

By John Lee. According to various media reports, Iraqi lawmakers have said that they might ban US nationals from entering the country in retaliation against Donald Trump’s executive order to deny Iraqis entry to the United States. The parliament’s foreign affairs committee called on the government to act after Trump controversially ordered that citizens from […]

Trump Approves “Extreme Vetting” of Iraqis

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia entry to the United States. The action, which has immediated effect, places a 90-day block on entry to the US for citizens from those countries. It also stops indefinitely […]

Trump May ‘Suspend Some Immigration’ from Iraq

By John Lee. ABC News cites sources as saying that US President Donald Trump could suspend some immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, either temporarily or “indefinitely“. They also say that the move by Trump, who is expected to visit the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, could also impact refugees […]

Iraq Third from Bottom in “Passport Power”

By John Lee. Iraq has been rated third-last in a ranking of the ‘passport power’ of 199 countries around the world. The list, compiled by passportindex.org, ranked passports by their ability to allow persons to travel visa-free to other destinations. Top of the list was Germany, followed by Sweden and Singapore, while Iraq comes in […]

Iran, Iraq Eye Visa-Free Travel

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaeifar said Tehran and Baghdad have been considering a step to lift visa requirements for travelers from the two neighboring countries. Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Danaeifar highlighted the latest measures to abolish the visa regime between Iran and Iraq, saying that it would lead to more travels between the […]