HONEST AND DISHONEST VISA APPLICANTS AT U.S. CONSULATES. By Glenn R. Morales

​■■■■ Honest Vs Dishonest Visa Applicants At U.S  Consulates Abroad.
#VisaFraud #ConsularInterview #ConsularInterview
“It is well known, because of the dishonest behavior of several visa applicants abroad and due to the characteristics and the behavior of a given local population, stereotypes will appear in the mind of Consular Officers during the “act of the consular interview,” and they will inevitably affect other honest visa applicants during their consular interviews….”

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The Issue of U.S. Embassies Security Abroad

​■■■■The issue of US embassies security abroad is getting a closer look after the Benghazi attack on Sep 2012, in which requests for additional security were rebuffed…..
“Embassies and consulates serve as the front door for US diplomacy. The safety and security they provide to our personnel are the first priority, but they must also reflect our national values of openness and ingenuity. Embassies and consulates must exemplify the best of American architecture, environmental stewardship, and innovation.” 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
http://triblive.com/mobile/6411576-96/bayer-blast-embassies

U.S. ASYLUM FOR VENEZUELANS by Glenn R. Morales

​■■■■■■■■■Venezuelan Citizens Applying For Asylum in U.S. & Controversial “Asylum Miracles”
The issue of Venezuelans that want to apply for asylum in the USA can be divided into to simple groups:

1) Those who really need asylum, whether they are poor or well-off.

2) Those who lie about their situations, regardless of whether they are poor or well-off.

Some churches in U.S. offer the help they can to those who apply for asylum in 3 different ways:
1) Free assistance.
2) Through volunteer lawyers who know the legal requirements well and offer their services free.
3) Through lawyers who do not really know the legal requirements well but are willing to offer their help free of charge.
Concerning other lawyers who offer their legal services for a fee, we also find two very clear types:
1)Lawyers who charge a legal fee for their services and are very serious about achieving asylum for their clients, based on solid and truthful legal arguments, and who really know their what they are doing.
2) Lawyers who charge legal fees but are not really interested in achieving asylum for their clients, so their applications are not based on very solid or truthful arguments, knowing very well that Asylum Officers will reject their applications for asylum and refer the cases to Immigration Courts.
 Furthermore, they offer “miraculously” achieve work permit, social security and driver license for their clients, and so justify their “work”, although in few cases the applicants are left in the situation of having to wear a GPS device on their ankles during the legal process.

Revoking American Visas At U.S. Ports Of Entry.

A valid American visa could generally be revoked by a U.S. immigration officer (CBP)

At any U.S. port of entry in accordance with the common following sections of the Immigration Nationality Act: INA 212 (a)(6)(C)(i), INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I) and (II), INA 212(a)(7)(B)(i)(II), INA 212(a)(9)(B) and INA 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(I) , in addition to
several others.

There are cases in which the U.S. Immigration officials at a given airport or
other port of entry decide to revoke someone’s valid visa because they find an entry /hit in the info electronic system that says that the person is, or was once,
suspected of visa benefits with fraud, money laundering, or of trafficking drugs, or because he has been living and working illegally in the U.S.A.
 

ESTA ONLINE APPLICATION

​THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON WHO FILLS-IN A ESTA ONLINE APPLICATION by Glenn R. Morales.

The filling-in ESTA application should be given a more solemn and stricter treatment, as it implies an enormous legal and moral responsibility, 
The Form ESTA application demands today detailed indication of just who filled-in, or “helped” to fill-in the form, i.e., 1. the applicant themselves, 2. their lawyer, 3. their travel agent, 4. a “solicitor” or “agent”, or  5. A family member, and requiring the full name and address of the person who helped them, just as the current ESTA online does.
Glenn R Morales – Dalrymple

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON WHO FILLS-IN A U.S VISA APPLICATION FORM DS 160 by Glenn R. Morales.

​■■■■THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON WHO FILLS-IN A U.S VISA APPLICATION FORM DS 160 by Glenn R. Morales.
#DS160+Passport=Visa
The filling-in of Form DS 160 should be given a more solemn and stricter treatment, as it implies an enormous legal and moral responsibility, and it would certainly be fitting for U.S. Consulates around the world to issue a serious warning to travel agents and other “assistants” who, through their unprofessional and often fraudulent documents, only add more confusion and doubt to their customers’ interviews at their local U.S. Consulates.
The Form DS 160 demands today detailed indication of just who filled-in, or “helped” to fill-in the form, i.e., 1. the applicant themselves, 2. their lawyer, 3. their travel agent, 4. a “solicitor” or “agent”, or  5. A family member, and requiring the full name and address of the person who helped them, just as the current Form DS 160 does.
Over the course of these years, we have observed, in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, that there were, and most likely there still are, “solicitors” or “agents” who offer their services to fill-in the former Form DS 156 and/or the new Form ds 160 for inexperienced or desperate visa applicants. 
I have also seen how certain men and women, armed with type-writers, set-up camp in front of the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo, filling-in former Form DS 156 and blithely distorting the facts for their ‘’client’s’’ benefit, although many of them are listed as being illegible to hold a U.S. visa. 
There are also many travel agencies that are by no means “little angels”, and who offer their services to fill-in Form DS 160 for their customers and are quite expert at twisting the truth for applicants who have up-coming consular interviews at the U.S. Consulate abroad.

Consular Affairs Procedures Under Pressure

​■■■■■”Consular Affairs Procedures Under Pressure” Venezuela : U.S. citizens cannot assume a Consular Officer will visit them within 24-72 hours of an arrest.
Stay tuned ●●●●
Rt@dos : The Department of State warns U.S. citizens that 

violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital Caracas and throughout the country. Security restrictions on U.S. government personnel may restrict the services the Embassy can provide.
 All U.S. direct-hire personnel and their families assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas are subject to an embassy movement policy which limits their travel abilities within Caracas and in other parts of the country for their safety and well-being. Country-wide shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity, and other basic goods have led to violence and looting.
 This replaces the Travel Warning issued on September 18, 2015. 
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest crime rates and, according to the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Violence Observatory, has the second highest homicide rate. Violent crime – including murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking – is endemic throughout the country.
 Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in the Colombian border states of Zulia, Tachira, and Apure.
Armed robberies and street crime take place throughout Caracas and other cities, including in areas generally presumed safe and frequented by tourists.
 Heavily armed criminals are known to use grenades and assault rifles to commit crimes at banks, shopping malls, public transportation stations, and universities.
Criminals may take advantage of power outages to target victims when lights and security alarms are nonfunctional.
Political rallies and demonstrations can occur with little notice, and are expected to occur with greater frequency in the coming months in Caracas and other regions throughout the country.
 Long lines to purchase basic goods are a common occurrence throughout the country and there have been reports of unrest and violence while customers wait, sometimes resulting in looted stores and blocked streets.
 These incidents elicit a strong police and security force response that can include the use of violence against the participants; several deaths have been reported during such protests.
Although Venezuela is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Venezuelan government sometimes fails to notify the U.S. Embassy when U.S. citizens are arrested, and/or delays or denies consular access to arrestees.
 In cases where individuals hold dual citizenship we are not guaranteed consular access to the detained individuals. Regardless, the U.S. Embassy makes it a priority to request access to U.S. citizens, but U.S. citizens cannot assume a consular officer will visit them within 24-72 hours of an arrest.