North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers aim to meet the new USA secretary of state on March 31 if no other allies object, alliance diplomats said, ending a furor about Rex Tillerson's decision to skip a planned April meeting to attend a summit with China. That order temporarily barred citizens from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the USA - adopting a slightly narrower scope than his first travel ban, which had been put on hold in federal court.
As The New York Times reports, the instructions set forth by the State Department generally do not pertain to "citizens of 38 countries - including most of Europe and longstanding allies like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea - who can be speedily admitted into the United States under the visa waiver program".
That ban is now on hold over legal challenges. Citizens of those country are admitted into the USA under a visa waiver programme.
Trump has advocated for the "extreme vetting" of foreign visitors as a way to protect the country from a terrorist attack. "What this language effectively does it give the consular posts permission to step away from the focused factors they have spent years developing and revising, and instead broaden the search to large groups based on gross factors such as nationality and religion".
"Consular officers should not hesitate to refuse any case presenting security concerns, " Secretary Tillerson wrote in the cables.
The visa applicants hoping to enter the United States, for family, tourism and business reasons, must apply for a visa and the US Embassy officials have the right to deny visas for anyone suspected of being a security threat, conducting fraud or planning to stay longer than allowed.
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The State Department issued over 11 million immigrant and non-immigrant visas in the 2015 fiscal year.
"There's so much social media out there", said Anne Richard, a former USA assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration.
For example, the Islamic State took control of official passport offices as it swept across parts of Iraq, Syria, and Libya - and so would have had at its fingertips the means of issuing official-looking documents.
The classified cable asks all its overseas diplomatic posts to immediately draw a set of criteria for a rigorous vetting process for issuing visas to foreign nationals.
The cable sent on March 15 recommends areas of inquiry during a visa interview, includes: the applicant's travel history, addresses and work history for 15 years; and all phone numbers, email addresses and social media handles used by the applicant in the past five years.