US Consulate celebrates issuing 25,000 visas in 2012

Updated 23 October 2012

US Consulate celebrates issuing 25,000 visas in 2012

The US Consulate in Jeddah celebrated on Sunday the issuance of 25,000 visas since the beginning of 2012. US Consul General Anne Casper handed visa number 25,000 to Saudi businessman Hussam Al-Andejani.
“Today, I am welcoming Hussam Al-Andejani, a Saudi businessman who applied for a visa here yesterday. He will use his visa to attend meetings about franchising an American company, Engineering for Kids, that promotes studying engineering sciences through after-school programs for young people,” Casper said.
“We are excited and proud to meet the growing demand for visas to the United States. The growing number of applications for tourism, academic exchange, and business is evidence that we are making efforts to find areas of cooperation with our Saudi partners,” she added.
The visa statistics for fiscal year 2011 showed that 93.7 percent of Saudi visa applicants have been approved. Applicants for student visas numbered 26 percent of those, according to the statistics of the US consulate in Jeddah.
“Our staff includes both American officers and locally hired staff. We are proud that many of our local staff members have been providing excellent service here for decades. We currently have more consular officers and consular staff members working for the US consulate in Jeddah than ever before. We are looking forward to a remodeling of our section during the upcoming Eid Al-Adha vacation, allowing us to continue making improvements in our services to the Western Region,” said the consul for visas and American citizen services.


First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

Updated 18 min 12 sec ago

First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

RIYADH: The first plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrived in Lebanon on Friday for victims of Beirut’s port explosion, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said.

Two planes departed from King Khalid International Airport on Friday carrying more than 120 tons of medical supplies, tents, shelter kits and food for those affected by the blast. A specialized team from the center to follow up and supervise the distribution operations were also on board the planes.

The aid aims to help victims overcome the effects of the explosion, said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief.

Al-Rabeeah stated that the directive of King Salman embodies the established humanitarian values of the Saudi leadership, stressing that this assistance highlights the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.