Border Security

Border Security

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Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens from 27 countries can travel to the U.S. visa free. Terrorism concerns involving VWP country citizens have led some to suggest eliminating or suspending the program, while the executive branch is considering adding countries to it. Legislation passed in 2007 led the Dept. of Homeland Security to develop its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), to screen VWP country citizens before they travel to the U.S.; if found ineligible, travelers will need to apply for a visa. This report reviewed how: (1) program elimination and suspension; (2) program expansion; and (3) ESTA could affect visa demand, resource needs, and revenues. Includes recommend. Illus.Sate Department Should Plan for Potentially Significant Staffing and Facilities Shortfalls Caused by Changes in the Visa Waiver Program Jess T. Ford. Service officer, the number of Foreign Service national staff that could be expected to support Foreign Service officers, anda€”for the elimination scenarioa€”estimates of the number of new facilities that could be needed. ... review to the impact on visa demand, visa resourcesa€” including staffing and facilitiesa€”and visa revenues.

Title:Border Security
Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2009-02-01

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