US Congress will look at improving US Visa Process

Senator says America needs to make it easier for tourists to get United States visas

In 2010, the Travel Promotion Act was enacted to attract more tourists and visitors to the United States. But for some, the process of getting a United States visa takes far too long.

“It doesn’t do much good to promote the U.S. to foreign travelers when those foreign travelers can’t get a visa for months to visit the United States of America,” said Senator Klobuchar. “In a recent survey, 73 per cent of respondents said they would not visit the U.S. if they knew it would take them two to three months to get a visa. Well, sadly, in several countries that is how long it is taking.”

Visitors to United States help economy

“This is about jobs. Each foreign visitor to our country spends an average of $4,000,” Klobuchar said. “We are talking about some serious money. In 2009 alone, spending by overseas visitors supported some 900,000 American jobs and paid $23 billion in wages to American workers.”

Visitor visa issuance is increasing in the United States, and since 2005 has doubled for China, increased by half for Russia and India, increased by more than half for North Africa and the Middle East and increased by 24 per cent for Mexico.

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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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