Tuesday, October 2, 2018

US denying visas to gay partners of diplomats, UN employees

US President Trump’s administration has begun denying visas to unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and UN employees, media reported.

According to a report in Foreign Policy magazine, the policy affected same-sex partners of diplomats and staffers working at the UN global headquarters in New York. The partner must show proof of marriage by December 31 or leave the country within 30 days.

The majority of 193 UN member countries do not legalise same-sex marriage, meaning diplomats face a tough choice. The report said the new policy meant at least 10 unmarried UN employees at present in the US will have to get married for their partners’ visas to be extended.
The US mission to the UN reportedly notified couples of the decision in July and it took effect on Monday, according to the report. IANS

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