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Tech community reacts to Trump’s suspending of H-1B visas

A number of tech execs including Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Sundar Pichai believe Trump’s executive order will be bad for technology innovation in the U.S. and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Op-Ed: Facebook cryptocurrency Libra — Hopes and doubts abound, but...?

Sydney - Facebook has basically laid down the gauntlet to conventional finance with its cryptocurrency Libra. Big credit cards and PayPal have got onboard. The obvious fear in the financial sector is creating issues already.

Apple begins the global rollout of its first credit card

Just five months after Tim Cook announced Apple's next phase in the money markets (after Apple Pay), the company's first credit card is now available.

Seeking a visa to the U.S.? You'll have to show your social media

The U.S. government has put in place a new policy whereby any person seeking a visa to enter the U.S. must provide details of their social media accounts and accept that these may be scrutinized by officials and used to determine visa suitability.

European Parliament approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver

Apo - The European Parliament on Thursday approved a law allowing Britons visa-free EU visits even after a "no deal" Brexit, despite a furious dispute over the status of Gibraltar.

Americans will soon have to register to travel to EU countries

By 2021, Americans traveling to certain countries in Europe will have to pre-register online as part of a security system intended to screen visa-free travelers.

Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong granted extended stay

Fpo - Two Saudi sisters marooned in Hong Kong after fleeing their family have been granted an extended stay in the city until next month, their law firm said Thursday, as they urgently seek sanctuary in a third country.

Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen: report

London - Two Russians accused by London of trying to kill a former double agent with nerve agent posed as businessmen to obtain visas to visit Britain for the attack, a report said Friday.

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Minsk - Belarus on Tuesday announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Fpo - A British lesbian won the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner in a landmark decision Wednesday by the top court in the city, where same-sex unions are not recognised.

Visa outage over after transaction chaos across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa recovered on Saturday from a hardware issue that had left it struggling to process transactions at bars, shops and cash machines across Europe.

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa said late Friday it was "operating at close to normal levels" after a hardware failure left it struggling to process transactions in Europe.

Visa outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa was struggling to process transactions in Europe on Friday and said it was rapidly trying to fix the issue.The blockage has left some customers stuck at the tills in stores across the continent and queueing at cash machines.

Goldman and Apple team up to offer a new credit card

Goldman Sachs and Apple are two iconic brands all by themselves. Apple has a devoted customer base with many wealthy, well-traveled young adults. Goldman Sachs is a financial leader with few offerings for everyday consumers. Now they are joining forces.

VISA takes the pledge to turn to renewable energy by end of 2019

In conjunction with this week’s Climate Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado, VISA announced it was joining the global RE100 initiative and was committing to 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of 2019.

Visa and banks cause problems for Coinbase customers

San Francisco - The credit card issuer Visa has been the cause of Coinbase's multiple problems with its users' cryptocoin accounts that have included reversed transactions, unauthorized withdrawals and unexplained fees.

Turkey tells EU all conditions met for visa-free travel

Ankara - Turkey said on Wednesday it had fulfilled all conditions on visa-free travel to Europe, adding it hoped Brussels would respond and lend "momentum" to better ties between Ankara and the EU.

Turks seeking US visas left reeling by diplomatic row

Ankara - Turkish students, business executives and travel operators have been left reeling by the country's dispute with the United States that has led both to suspend visas.

US to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia: embassy

Moscow - Washington will halt the issuing of all non-immigrant visas in Russia for nine days from Wednesday and will thereafter reduce visa operations, the US embassy in Moscow said Monday, citing the "Russian government-imposed cap" on its staff levels.

Visa offers businesses $10,000 each to go cashless

Visa Inc. is offering to pay 50 American eateries $10,000 each if they refuse to accept cash payments from customers. Visa believes companies will make more money if they become completely cashless.

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Kiev - Ukrainians were on Sunday celebrating the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "exit" from Moscow's grip.

Indians throng temple to crack Trump's visa curbs

Hyderabad - Hundreds of Indians gather daily at a 500-year-old Hindu temple in southern India where they pray for a single wish -- an increasingly elusive US visa.

'Australia first' foreign visa changes spark cheers, fears

Sydney - Australia's controversial decision to scrap a visa programme for temporary foreign workers got a mixed response Wednesday, with critics slamming it as spin over substance and pandering to anti-immigration rhetoric.

Georgia wins visa-free EU travel for citizens

Brussels - European Union member states on Monday approved visa-free travel for Georgia, after agreeing safeguards to prevent any upsurge in arrivals from the former Soviet satellite.

Iranian man barred from U.S. under travel ban returns

Los Angeles - An Iranian man who arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 27 and then sent back to Iran, landed at LAX yesterday. Ali Vayeghan became the first person from a country banned under the travel ban to be admitted into the United States.

Turkey says has back-up plan if EU fails to keep promises

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey had back-up plans if the EU failed to keep its promise over visa-free travel for Turks to the passport-free Schengen zone.

Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Costco's switch to Visa from Amex hits unanticipated challenges

Issaquah - If it isn't one thing, it's another complicating discount retailer Costco's switch to Visa-branded credit cards from American Express.

EU says Turkey still not doing enough for visa-free travel

Brussels - Turkey must still do more to meet the EU's conditions to win visa-free travel for Turks under a migrant crisis deal, for which the deadline is July 1, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey admits no visa-free EU travel deal by July 1

Den Haag - Turkey's Europe minister has admitted there is no chance of completing a deal on visa-free travel to the EU by the July 1 deadline, during a visit to the Hague.
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