US Visitor visas plunge from over 25000 to 4923 in 2018

first_imgEven as authorities maintain that there is nothing to worry about regarding United States visa policies, a significant decline in the number of visitors’ visas issued by the US Embassy in Guyana was recorded last year.According to a visa summary provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, a total of 4923 visitors visa were approved by the US Embassy here during the 2018 Fiscal Year, which runs from October 2017 to September 2018.This is a whopping 20,000 plus decline compared to the 25,338 visas granted in 2017. It was also significantly less than the 51,202 visas in 2016; 30,121 in 2015; and 17,284 visas in 2014.The last time these figures were below 5000 was in 2010 when only 4242 non-immigrant visas were granted.While these visas were granted from the Embassy’s Kingston head office in Guyana, another 306 Guyanese got their visitors’ visas outside of Guyana. The category ‘Non-immigrant Visa issued by Nationality’ shows that 5229 Guyanese were granted visas, while the refusal rate for ‘Visa’ (non-immigrant) by Nationality for Guyana stood at 70.62 per cent.Meanwhile, with regards to permanent residency, a total of 7506 immigrant visas were granted by the US to Guyanese in 2018.These figures over the years, however, have been declining. A total of 6403 immigrant visas were processed in 2014; 6154 in 2015; and 5600 in 2016.According the US Bureau of Consular Affairs, Guyana is among the top 10 countries with the highest F1 waiting list under the ‘Family First’ preference category, with a total of 4078. This represents 1.6 per cent of the waiting list, which totals 261,704.Prior to last year, Guyana consistently recorded high numbers of non-immigrant visas issued by the US Embassy here.Former US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, had attributed this to the improving economic situation here.“The improving economic situation over the last few years has led to our refusal rate coming down significantly, from a high of well over 50 per cent five years ago, to one much lower today and luckily for us only a small per cent of Guyanese, who go to the US actually abuse their visas and stay illegally,” the former US diplomat had stated.Holloway had also sought to alley fears of a change of his country’s policy to Guyana under a trump Administration.“The fears that we were disengaging or even forgetting about Guyana were quite simply misplaced fears. Bilateral relations could not be better…a lot is going on and there is more to come,” the former US envoy had indicated.Nevertheless, there has been a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the US in recent months and Guyana was listed as one of the countries which could lose visa access if the Government refuses to accept deportees.Meanwhile, it has been reportedly that Guyana is working to strengthen its immigration policy with regards to deported citizens.On the other hand, the US Embassy’s Consular Section and the Regional Security Office has been working with local law enforcement to obtain the first successful prosecution for visa fraud in Guyana, which resulted in an Internet Café vendor being imprisoned.last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Watson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 0 Whitestrand United 0In a fixture reversed a draw was a fair result in a game of few chances. Playing with the breeze in the first half Whitestrand went close from a corner on ten minutes when Benny Callaghan shot just wide. Paul Lynch also went close from another corner with Chris Toner clearing off the line. Lagan’s best chance of the game came when Austin Marron received a Kevin Kelly cross but after creating space he shot over. With the aid of the breeze in the second half Lagan would have expected to create some chances. But the Strand defence, well led by Paddy Kelly in goal and Benny Callaghan at centre half, were resolute. Strand in fact went closest to scoring when Jason Quinn had to rush off his line to beat Eddie Blake to a through ball. Lagan had a half chance when Gerard Hilley glanced a near post corner into Paddy Kelly’s arms. As Lagan frustration grew Conal Mc Gonagle almost won it for them when his effort from thirty five yards just whistled wide. Despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles in the final minutes Lagan didn’t get the breakthrough and Strand got the point they deserved. Best for Lagan were Conal Mc Gonagle and Chris Toner. For Strand Benny Callaghan and Paul Lynch were best. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny. Ulster CupGlenea United 1 Drumoghill F.C. 1(Drumoghill won 4-3 on penalties)Glenea’s run in the Ulster Junior Cup came to an end with this penalties kicks defeat. In trying conditions it took a while for both sides to settle with Drumoghill having the first serious attempt on goal, which brought a good save from Joe Coll. As the half progressed the home side came more into the game but were finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances. Drumoghill almost opened the scoring on 35 minutes when, after a good run from Robert Moore, he saw his chip just clear the bar. In the 2nd half Glenea started well and took the lead on 55 minutes when Sean Coll’s through ball found Michael Barry and he slotted the ball home off the far post. Glenea pushed hard to double their lead and went close with efforts from Darren Mc Geever and Gavin Mc Glanaghey. Drumoghill were awarded a penalty on 62 minutes, but Joe Coll saved Robert Moore’s effort. However from the resultant corner Marcus Oliver was on hand to drill the home ball. The loss of the goal seemed to spur on the home side and they began to create chances with the away keeper forced to make a number of good saves. Drumoghill’s best effort came from Terence Shields but his attempted lob was well saved by Joe Coll. In extra-time it was the home side that dominated but were unable to take advantage of the chances that came their way and it was Drumoghill that were successful with the spot kicks. Best for Glenea were Dean Gallagher, Padraig McGee and Kevin Mulhern, while Robert Moore was best for Drumoghill. Referee: Kevin Logue.Rathmullan Celtic 1 Clonmany Shamrocks 3Inishowen kingpins Clonmany Shamrocks advanced to the last four of the Ulster Cup after three strikes in the second half from their industrious forward line was enough to secure the quarter final win over Rathmullan Celtic who got a consolation gal from Ryan Mc Cullagh.The opening half saw very few chances created with both sides coming to terms with the blustery conditions in what was a stalemate with both defences coping with the few attacks created. The Seasiders were dealt a blow at half time with their in-form sharp shooter and manager Dara Patton forced off through a knee injury. A Mc Loughlin free kick from 30 yards on 57 minutes, which Hoops keeper Mark Gallagher could only parry, ended with Philip Devlin tapping in from close range. This lead spurred on the visitors and they duly doubled their advantage on 64 minutes after Raymond McDaid played a neat one-two with Marty Doherty to open up the Hoops defence allowing McDaid to round the keeper and finish off the classy forward play in style. The Hoops upped their tempo with Ryan Connolly striking low from 20 yards out on 73 minutes but Clonmany’s shot stopper Paddy Harkin was on hand to deny the striker with a smart save. The contest was over on 80 minutes after Mc Loughlin crossed for Alan Friel to calmly finish from inside the area. Hoops scored a consolation goal on 88 minutes with Shea Coyle smartly flicking on an Edwards’ pass to Ryan Mc Cullagh who finishing low to the left post of the outstretched Harkin in goals. Referee: Paddy MartinErne Wanderers 1 Gweedore Celtic 0Saturday League side Erne Wanderers booked their place in the Ulster Junior Cup semi-final with a victory over Premier Division side Gweedore Celtic. Most neutrals would have expected to see the Gaeltacht side’s name in the semi-final draw but Alan Dorrian’s side are capable opponents for most sides on their day and that added to their mastery of the Lakeside surface made Gweedore’s task more onerous than many thought. Barry Mulligan got the all important goal in the second half after the sides remained deadlocked at the interval. Gweedore will now focus on gaining as many League points as they can as the season enters it’s latter stages while Erne have an unfamiliar prestigious match to look forward to as well as their remaining League fixtures.Ulster Junior Shield Moville Celtic 3 Deele Harps 1Deele Harps came up just short as they attempted to make it an All Donegal Junior League Ulster Junior Shield Final. With Convoy Arsenal in the process of defeating Bonagee United at Orchard Park Deele were visiting Inishowen outfit Moville Celtic Reserves in the other semi-final. The Lifford based side fell behind early on and despite getting back into the game through a goal from Shane Gallagher they just couldn’t find the form that they are capable of. That said they did create chances but the damage had been done and Martin Duffy’s side will now concentrate their efforts on their push for promotion from the CT Ball Division Two.Convoy Arsenal 3 Bonagee United 2Despite the weather the conditions were perfect for football in Orchard Park. Both teams started brightly but cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges. The deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when Glenn Rainey nodded in at the back post. Convoy got back on level terms when Lee Guthrie finished off a great Darren Harvey cross. Two minutes later Convoy took the lead when a corner fell to Lee Guthrie at the edge of the box and he slotted it home. It turned out to be a great 10 minutes for Convoy when Darren Harvey cooly finished off a fine Convoy move. Convoy had their heads up and kept the pressure on until half time but couldn’t get the vital 4th goal. The second half started off a cagey affair with Bonagee pressing to get back into the game but Convoy a constant danger on the break. Bonagee did get their second in the 75th minute when Leon Kelly forced the ball home after Convoy failed to clear a corner. That led to an exciting finish but Convoy saw the game out and booked their place in the final. Best for Convoy were John A Kee, Conor Cairns and Lee Guthrie, with a good battling team performance from Bonagee. Referee: Martin QuinnReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 Glencar Celtic 4Donegal Town hosted unbeaten table toppers Glencar Celtic at the Hospital Field in difficult conditions. Glencar started the stronger playing some good football. They were rewarded on 22 minutes when Stephen Browne got on the end of a clever through ball to finish with a deft chip over the keeper. Donegal began to get a foothold in the game soon after and equalised on 33 minutes, Gary Ward racing clear to finish with an even better chip than Glencar’s opener. The second half started with Glencar the stronger and they re-gained the lead on 59 minutes, Sean Houston latching onto a long ball over the top. Donegal came back into the match but missed a penalty on 78 minutes. They were punished for that miss 2 minutes later when Glencar went 3-1 up, Paddy Collins on target. All hope seemed lost for Donegal on 82 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men but this was not the case. Two quick fire goals on 84 and 86 minutes, from David Bustard and Adrian Ward respectively, seemed to have rescued a point for Donegal. Glencar were not to be denied the 3 points however, Stephen Browne getting his second of the game in the very last minute. Two great team performances culminating in one of the most exciting matches witnessed at the Hospital Field.Glenea United Reserves 7 Glenree United Reserves 2Glenea continued their good form with another good display. The away side opened the scoring when Vinnie McLaughlin fired past the home keeper after 20 minutes. Glenea soon got back into the game when Shane Coll scored direct from a free-kick. As the half progressed the home team began to take control and went close on a couple of occasions. In the 2nd half Glenea took the lead on 50 minutes when Shane Ferry turned in a Neil Mc Geever cross at the near post. Glenea extended the lead on 55 minutes when Aodhan Ferry’s through ball found Lee O’Brien who slotted home. Neil Mc Geever added the 4th goal on 58 minutes when he reacted quickest to a free-kick and headed home. Shane Ferry got the 5th goal when he drilled home Lee O’Brien’s cross from the left. Neil Mc Geever got the 6th when he tapped in from close range after Glenree failed to deal with a corner. Glenree pulled a goal back on 85 minutes when Peter Brannigan got onto a through ball and found the corner of the net. Glenea completed the scoring on 90 minutes when Aodhan Ferry turned in a cornerBest for Glenea were Kevin McFadden, Shane Ferry and Martin Maguire, while it was a team effort from Glenree. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0The sun shone high and the game started brightly with both teams passing the ball about nicely. Strand seemed to make better use of their wings early on and a delightful cross from Brendan Glackin saw Cathal Boyle head home to put Strand one up after 12 minutes. More good passages of play from Strand saw them create chance after chance, the closest coming to Darragh Hanlon who struck the crossbar just before half time. Into the second half and Curragh started trying to hit Strand on the counter attack but all credit to Strand’s defence who kept them at bay. Strand pushed hard again and enjoyed good spells of play in Curragh’s half of the field. Chance after chance fell for Strand with Brendan Glackin hitting the post on 70 minutes. Great play from Doalty Boyle on the left saw him send in numerous crosses to the Curragh box. Best for Strand were Stephen Glackin, Doalty Boyle,Mulroy Celtic 4 Tullyvinney Rovers 1Mulroy bounced back to winning ways courtesy of a resounding four one victory over Tullyvinney. Playing with a strong breeze at their back the home side took the lead through talisman Michael Sweeney who tapped in from close range. The second followed soon after when Packie Mc Elwaine raced clear to finish expertly past the advancing keeper. Mulroy continued to press and made it three nil almost immediately, Eamon Sweeney sending a free kick in from the half way line which ended up slipping through the goalkeeper’s hands. Five minutes later Michael Sweeney doubled his tally, dispatching a rasping shot into the bottom corner from eighteen yards. Tullyvinney pulled a goal back just before half time. There were o goals in second half, Tullyvinney pressed throughout but couldn’t break through the home defence. Tony Mc Bride and Michael Sweeney excelled for home side, team performance from Tullyvinney.Keadue Rovers Reserves 9 Ramelton Mariners 4Keadue Reserves kept up their fine recent run to stay top of the Saturday League with a good win over Ramelton Mariners at Central Park. In the third minute, following good work down the left wing, Daniel McHugh moved into the box and fired low past the keeper for the opening Keadue goal. This was shortly followed on six minutes by a second when Paul Yank Boyle shot home from ten yards after a corner wasn’t cleared. It was three on twelve minutes when Adrian Hanlon followed up some good play with a fine lob over the keeper. It was four to Keadue after sixteen minutes when Adrian Hanlon was on hand for his 2nd. To their credit Ramelton came back into it with Packie Durning quick onto a through ball firing past the keeper. It was 5-1 on thirty three minutes, Adrian Hanlon completing his hat trick with a deft finish through the keepers legs having taken the ball down well. Ramelton though were still proving lively in attack despite the deficit and reduced the deficit three minutes from half time when Paul Gallagher slotted home a penalty. Keadue started the second half on the front foot and made it six when Paul Yank Boyle finished well with a dinked effort over the keeper. The home side were content to hit on the break with Ramelton taking more possession. They made it seven on the hour when Adrian Hanlon bagged his fourth with a tap in at the far post following good work from Paul Mc Garvey. Ramelton though hit a good patch of form after the hour pulling two goals back in a five minute spell. First Corey Mc Cahill made it 7-3 and then a few minutes later a free kick from Ramelton was parried and Packie Durning made it 7-4. Ramelton were pushing at this stage threatening to make a game of it however Keadue made the game safe on seventy eight minutes when Adrian Hanlon got his fifth firing home from a left hand cross. After eighty minutes sub Adam Neely made it nine with a header.Ramelton played well despite the scoreline, putting in a good effort with good performances from Packie Durning and Corey Mc Cahill while best for Keadue were Adrian Hanlon, Paul Yank Boyle and Chris Greene. Referee: Seamus Mc Grory.Downtown CupCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Orchard F.C. 1An even first half in Parkview saw both teams having plenty of possession and both teams creating chances. Castlefin had a great chance to take the lead when Thomas Devlin was one on one with Orchard keeper after 20 minutes but the keeper made a great save to deny Devlin.Niall Bonner had Orchards best chance on 30 minutes, Bonner found himself in plenty of space, his great strike from 20 yards slightly over the bar.Castlefin started the second half the brighter. JP Malley’s cross found Damien Mc Anenny free at the edge of the box. Mc Anenny’s shot was narrowly wide of the post. Castlefin should have taken the lead on the hour mark after two goal mouth scrambles, Orchards defence did well to clear the ball off the line. Orchards best chance of the second half fell to Eddie McLaughlin who’s strike was well saved by Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Menamin.Castlefin were awarded a penalty on 65 minutes after a handball in the box, JP Malley’s shot was well saved by Orchard’s keeper. Castlefin broke the deadlock on 70t minutes. Thomas Devlin’s corner found James Mc Menamin who headed home at the back post.Castlefin made it two five minutes later. Good work down the left wing freed Darragh Redmond who crossed to JP Malley. Malley’s shot was palmed away only to fall to Brian Dooher who made no mistake from two yards. Orchard pulled one back three minutes from time, Joe McCarron’s excellent free kick from 20 yards giving Castlefin keeper Mc Menamin no chance as it went into the top corner. Castlefin held out for the remaining minutes to progress.ResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 4 Glencar CelticGlenea United Reserves 7 v 2 Glenree United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesMulroy Celtic 4 v 1 Tullyvinney RoversKeadue Rovers Reserves 9 v 4 Ramelton MarinersDowntown CupMilford United Reserves P v P Cranford United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Orchard F.C.St. Catherines Reserves P v P Drumbar F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town P v P Lifford CelticSt. Catherines P v P Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic P v P Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps 0 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedKeadue Rovers P v P Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town P v P Ballybofey UnitedUlster CupGlenea United 1 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.(Drumoghill won 4-3 on penalties)Rathmullan Celtic 1 v 3 Clonmany ShamrocksErne Wanderers 1 v 0 Gweedore CelticUlster Junior ShieldMoville Celtic 3 v 1 Deele HarpsConvoy Arsenal 3 v 2 Bonagee UnitedFixturesSaturday 28-02-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United v Erne Wanderers (1 p.m.)Glencar Celtic v St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Ramelton Mariners v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 01-03-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines v Kildrum TigersDrumoghill F.C. v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Lifford CelticCappry Rovers v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Lagan Harps v Dunkineely CelticCurragh Athletic v Castlefin CelticGweedore United v Copany RoversCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Deele HarpsRaphoe Town v Dunlewey CelticBonagee United v Ballybofey UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Glenree UnitedKnockalla Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Cockhill Celtic v Rathmullan Celtic (1.30 p.m.)DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more