Critical Changes to US Visa Waiver Program Impact Irish/NI Companies

Bottom line up front: as of last Friday, new changes to the US’s Visa Waiver program restrict the use of that program by persons who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria, or the Sudan at any time after March 1, 2011. Additional “countries of concern” may be added to this list. The nationality of the traveler is not an issue, so this change impacts any person traveling on an Irish or UK passport who has been to the listed countries in the relevant timeframe. Continue reading

Global Outage Impacting US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Visa System

The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs’ visa system is currently experiencing a global outage. The outage does not appear to be related to issues of cyber security, according to the Department of State. However, Acting Assistant Secretary Michele Bond has indicated that she does not expect the system to be back online until next week at the earliest. Continue reading