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Jun 9, 2017

U.S. Re-States Authority on Fate of Edmond Castro Visa

Edmond Castro

The diplomatic and visitor’s visas of Minister Edmond Castro were revoked in May, but the reason remains under a cloud of suspicion. News of the revocation came via a press release from the minister, though there was no reason provided for the cancellation.  Now, the minister has been named as a player in a visa hustle in which he recommended visas for persons he did not know nor who had been in Belize. Castro is also named in the Auditor General’s report for recommended both nationalities and visas. Back in 2014, the issue landed before the courts when he sued whistleblower Alvarine Burgess and this station for disclosing his involvement. While all this is well known, it is not yet clear if this is the reason why his visa was revoked, as was the visa of former P.U.P. minister Max Samuels, who was also accused in a visa hustle. Today, the U.S. Embassy was grilled about the revocation. Chargé d’affaires Adrienne Galanek provided diplomatic responses, but admitted that State Department will revoke a visa when the visa holder is “inadmissible.”

 

Adrienne Galanek

Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’affaires, U.S. Embassy

“The Department of State has broad authority under the Immigration and Nationalities Act to at any time revoke a visa if the Department of State deems someone inadmissible to the United States or otherwise ineligible for a visa.”

 

Reporter

“But what would be the circumstances that would probably lead to that?”

 

Adrienne Galanek

“That’s a determination that’s made by the Department of State under the authorities vested in Immigration and Nationalities Act and that’s, I’d have to refer you to Section Two-Twenty-one of the Immigration and Nationalities Act.”

 

Reporter

“If I could just throw a scenario your way.  My name is Mike and I am a minister of government.  I have a diplomatic visa and a tourist visa.  My visa expires in sixty or sixty-one days.  The U.S. Embassy has called me or contacted me and says, look, listen, come in, we want to renew your visas, let’s discuss this.  And I don’t answer, I don’t respond.  So the U.S. Embassy just says, you know what, we’re revoking the visas.  Is that a plausible scenario?”

 

Adrienne Galanek

“Basically it’s up to you to come into the embassy and respond to, if you want to renew your visa you come in and you have to go through an interview process and it’s the determination of the consular officer at the time who makes the determination as in any applicant regarding eligibility.”

 

Reporter

“Is that a plausible scenario where it expires in sixty days but because I don’t express an interest in going to the embassy, the embassy just decides, you know what I’ll revoke this just two months before it expires?”

 

Adrienne Galanek

“I don’t want to get into different scenarios; basically it’s under the authorities vested in the Immigration and Nationalities Act, Section Two-Two-One.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, in that regard I just have one more question.  Is it the norm for the U.S. Embassy to contact you a month or two before your visa expires to tell you to come in…”

 

Adrienne Galanek

“Every individual applicant’s situation is different so I can’t say what’s norm and what’s not norm.”

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2 Responses for “U.S. Re-States Authority on Fate of Edmond Castro Visa”

  1. kmh says:

    it got revoked because the US gov sees the BZ government is not doing anything to rein in its ministers when involved in illegally activity. More visas will be revoked. But might be interesting to see a graphic on all those whose have already been revoked or who have been detained or refused entry to the US in the past few years….

  2. Ali Babarrow says:

    Just because he tries to sexually assault Taiwan diplomatic staff, he is a good boy and won’t try it on American diplomat women. If they come on to him, he will use a condom.

    As PM, I swear we are honest.

    Hey after all he acted like the US president does to women. An invite to the White House to get better technique would be appreciated by the GOB and all Belizeans.

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