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Visas are the key to global travel. Especially for those outside the Western world, global travel is a luxury. Obtaining a travel visa to the United States can be expensive and the outcome uncertain. This article tracks the history of U.S. nonimmigrant legislation and examines U.S. nonimmigrant visa approval and denial statistics between 2000 and 2016. Through an exploration of the three top reasons for nonimmigrant visa denials, the authors expose the arbitrary nature of denials issued under the 214b legislation, and how nonimmigrant identities get constructed through the conceptualization of the illegal immigrant.
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Why is it important?
These three interventions contribute to the mobilities literature by exposing a data source that we believe can and should be analysed on many fronts. We also compare statistics on visas denied at first contact to those successfully contested and examine how the rhetoric about immigration and illegal immigration gets put into law and enacted as a primary way to refuse NIV acquisition.
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This page is a summary of: Worldwide approval (and denial): analysing nonimmigrant visa statistics to the United States from 2000 to 2016, Mobilities, February 2019, Taylor & Francis,
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GLASS BORDERS | Trying To Get Into The United States
Calvin Gaskin #dontbelikecalvin interviewed co-author of “Worldwide Approval (and denial)” Jackal Tanelorn on his research regarding the issuance of travel visas to the United States. Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to get into the United States as a foreigner? If you are privileged enough to come from certain countries, flying to the U.S. for a holiday is a piece of cake. But for most of the world including our southern neighbor Mexico, the hoops you have to jump through just to make a quick visit, and the high-cost of the application process, may not be worth the effort. And when people are dedicated enough to fork over the dough and endure the arduous process, they are met with the kind of discrimination that most Americans would call un-American.
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