New US visa rules unlikely to affect South Africans: expert

File: Applicants who deliberately lie in their applications will face serious immigration consequences

File: Applicants who deliberately lie in their applications will face serious immigration consequences.

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JOHANNESBURG - An immigration expert says new visa rules for the US are unlikely to affect South Africans.

US visa applications now require countries to provide a facial biometric image on passports.

The new guidelines could expand President Donald Trump’s travel ban even further.

READ: US travel industry wary of Trump effect

Countries are required to meet these guidelines within 50 days or risk facing a travel ban.

"I think for South Africans it means principle that all applicants must have biometric passports when applying for US visas," said immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg.

"I don’t think from a passport perspective I don’t think we (SA) are out of line."

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