Our visa process plays a critical role in advancing economic opportunity while ensuring our national security and protecting the traveling public. While much progress has been made in reducing wait times to obtain visas, we should always look for opportunities to continue to make the process more efficient and accessible.
Nearly 36 million overseas travelers visited the U.S. in 2015, spending an average of $4,400 per trip. While many of these travelers arrive from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, millions of visitors come from expanding markets such as China, Brazil and India. In fact, between 2013 and 2019 the number of visitors from countries needing visas to come to the U.S. is expected to grow dramatically, including China (171%), Colombia (72%), India (47%) and Brazil (43%).
An important element in welcoming these valuable visitors is our visa process, which protects America and the traveling public. U.S. Travel is continually working with our federal partners to make our visa process more efficient and accessible so America can reap the benefit of these high value travelers who benefit our economy and local communities, and return home with a more favorable view of our country.