Statement from U.S. Embassy Pristina

Statement from U.S. Embassy Pristina, 16 May 2019

Kosovo citizens deserve a justice system that holds individuals accountable for their corrupt actions.

In this regard, the U.S. Embassy is taking steps to ensure that individuals involved in major corruption cases are not issued visas that would allow them to travel to the United States for business or tourism.

It is the practice of consular officers to review the facts of every visa application, including any derogatory information associated with the applicant, and determine visa eligibility based on U.S. laws.  We continuously weigh allegations and evidence of corruption and organized crime in visa determinations, as appropriate, to limit those who contribute to these problems from obtaining visas to travel to the United States.

We will continue to express publicly our concern that no one is being held accountable, including Kosovo officials, for the clear corruption and organized crime present in the Pronto, Italian visa, Dubrava prison escape, Land, and Apex cases, as well as other similar cases.