Refusal of Visas by the United States of America to South African
Citizens for Business Purposes or Visits to Friends
PUBLISHED ON INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER NUMBER 17 OF 31 MAY 2005
FOR ORAL REPLY
Dr S E M Pheko (PAC) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Whether the she has taken up cases where South Africans have been refused visas
to visit friends or to do business in the United States of America on the grounds
that they would seek work or were terrorists; if not, why not; if so, what are
the relevant details?
respect to what the honourable member refers to as terrorists, presumably those
who were cadres in the liberation movement, the response is the same as that given
to his question 164 published in the Internal Question Paper Number 4 of 11 June
2004, I quote:
"The department is unaware of instances where such application
(s) by former cadres of the liberation movements for a waiver of the visa denial
have not been accepted. There were instances where non-governmental visa applications
could not be processed on time due to the fact that application were made on the
eve of the scheduled journey.
The US State department has also assured our
Embassy in Washington that the problem is of a technical nature and that it is
not intended as a reflection on the liberation movement's contribution to the
anti-apartheid struggle at all."
With regards to the rejection of visa
application on the basis of seeking employment, each country has its own rules
and regulations regarding visa requirements. South Africans applying to the US
or any other country for a visa must comply with those regulations.