United States working to make US Business Visa process faster

US Business Visa ideas included Skype, eliminating paperwork

United States business leaders have expressed concern over how long US Business Visas are delayed as well as the number of restrictions they face when issuing them. At the President’s Export Council this past weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the US Government’s testing other methods for fast-tracking US Business Visa applications, such as conducting interviews over Skype or eliminating paper applications altogether.

“We are streamlining operations by eliminating paper applications, working to expedite visa appointments for business travelers,” said Clinton.

Skype may not be a viable option for US Business Visas due to security

Clinton said, “We have tried some experiments to look for ways to do interviews over Skype. It doesn’t meet our security needs.”

“We train our consular officers to look at a visa applicant from a lot of different perspectives, and it’s unfortunate that that’s the world we find ourselves in. So, we’re trying to do everything possible to keep our consular offices open longer, to try to provide more support,” she said.

I think however that encryption will continue to improve and that Skype and other virtual mediums will become standard in the near future.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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