AFP (11 th November 2001)- The United States is placing new
requirements on visa applications from men from predominantly
Muslim nations, including a 20-day waiting period and a detailed
questionnaire, a senior State Department official said yesterday.
next week, US consulates and embassies in 26 nations will
send names of male visa applicants aged 16 to 45 to be checked
against FBI databases in Washington, giving the agency 20
days to respond before processing the application.
applicants will also be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire
asking about past military service, weapons training, travel,
and whether they have ever lost a passport, the official said.
affected are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt,
Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,
Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia,
Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and
requirements are part of a tightening of US visa policies
after the September 11 terrorist attacks.