The U.S. must find ways to ensure a safe, efficient visa experience for international visitors while maintaining the highest national security standards.

Quick Facts

Our visa process is an important element in welcoming international visitors.

THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) combines a strong security process with our nation’s long-standing desire to attract both business and leisure travelers to our shores. Eligible applicants who are residents of 38 allied countries are vigorously pre-screened and vetted against multiple law enforcement and security databases before they are approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for visa-free travel to the United States for up to 90 days.

VISA REFORM

While many international travelers to the U.S. arrive from countries participating in the VWP, millions of visitors come from expanding markets such as China, Brazil and India, which are not VWP members—and therefore must obtain a U.S. visa before their trip. While progress has been made to reduce the average wait time of visas, if the process remains cumbersome the U.S. risks losing qualified international travelers.

U.S. Travel is continually working with our federal partners to make obtaining a visa to the U.S. more efficient and accessible.  

Recommendations

Expand the Visa Waiver Program

Establishing a process for more qualified countries to join the VWP will help the U.S. welcome more international visitors whose spending grows the economy and creates U.S. jobs while also improving national security and diplomacy

Set Goals for Visa Processing

Expanding opportunities for legitimate international travelers to obtain U.S. visas, and ensuring that consulates are appropriately staffed so that visa applications can be processed expediently, will greatly benefit both the U.S. economy and national security effort

Protect J-1 cultural and work exchange visa programs

These programs give U.S. attractions, parks and hotels in remote areas a valuable source of seasonal staffing, enabling them to serve more visitors.

Research, News and Commentary on Visa Reform / Visa Waiver

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