The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump just presented a new rule for African tourists. The rule was reported to being a temporary rule.
According to Reuters report, the new rule states that tourist and businesses would be required to make payment of about $15,000 in bond before they can visit the United States. The new rule is expected to apply to over two dozen countries with the greater majority of the countries being African countries.
The U.S. State Department also stated that the temporary rule is expected to take effect from December 24 through June 24. The Department also mentioned that the reason why the rule applies to some countries and not others is because the affected countries have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers.
The Trump administration said the temporary phase of the rule is to test if collecting such bonds would prove effective in curbing the problem of tourists and businesses overstaying in the United States. The pilot program is scheduled to run for 6 months. a
Trump, the outgoing President of the United States, made sure he put strict restrictions on immigration even till the extent it became the central theme of his 4 year term. On the other hand, Joe Biden, the President-elect and also a Democrat, has promised to reverse many of the laws put in place against immigration. This promise is expected to take months and even years before they can be reversed.
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Historically, U.S. consular officers have been discouraged from requiring travelers to the United States to post a bond, with State Department guidance saying processing of the bonds would be “cumbersome,” the temporary rule said.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Chad, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti and Eritrea are some of the African countries affected by this law. And the other countries include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, Syria, Laos and Yemen.