U.S. Visa Application for Ali Abdullah Saleh

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 27, 2011

In all cases in which a foreign national seeks to travel to the United States, a formal process is undertaken to determine the applicant’s eligibility for a visa to the United States. This process can vary in length of time, and until each step of the process is complete, no final determination is made.

Despite reports to the contrary, the United States is still considering President Saleh's request to enter the United States for the sole purpose of seeking medical treatment. Only at the end of this internal review process will a final visa adjudication be made. The Department of State will confirm that a decision has been reached only after this process has been completed.

PRN: 2011/2193