U.S. stops issuing tourist visas to IsraelisBy Mason White 2:58 PM July 30, 2014
|U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv|
By: Aarav Sen
A number of Israelis who applied for tourist visas to visit the United States, have said that their application was denied, Haaretz reported.
The U.S. embassy has stopped issuing regular visas and cut ongoing services to U.S. citizens, after downsizing its staff due to the security situation.
The embassy issued a statement saying that it will only issue visas for emergencies and after a thorough investigation of each applicant.
The website of the U.S. embassy provided an email for urgent applications. Those people who had appointments for visas, are supposed to receive a notice of cancellation.
Eventually, they will receive a notice of a new appointment date. The U.S. embassy said that such behavior is normal due to the security threat, and was practiced in the past.