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HOUSE PASSES BILL ALLOWING FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING INTERVIEWS AT US CONSULATES

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Welcome news from the US Travel Association:

H.R.
2410, the "Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2010-2011", includes
a provision that authorizes the Secretary of State to conduct a
two-year pilot program to use secure, remote videoconferencing
technology to conduct tourist visa interviews. The travel industry
introduced this idea to the government in its 2007 Blueprint to
Discover America.




"America's travel community is grateful to House Foreign Affairs
Committee Chairman Howard Berman and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
for their leadership on this critical reform to America's visitor entry
process," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel
Association. "The State Department has made great strides in reducing
visa wait times in the last year. Allowing tourist visa interviews to
be conducted via secure remote videoconferencing technology is another
step in the right direction."




In geographically large countries such as India, China and Brazil, a
lack of access to U.S. consular offices has meant that entire tour
groups or families must travel hundreds of miles to the nearest U.S.
consulate just to apply for a visa. For example:




o Although China has 450 cities with more than one-half million people,
only 3 cities have a U.S. consulate that offers tour group visa
interviews.




o In Brazil and India - with a total land area equal to or greater than
the United States - there are only four consulates in the entire
country.




Secure, remote videoconferencing technology will enable U.S. consulates
around the world to expand access to visa services without the cost of
opening additional offices and without reducing the level of security
for interviews.

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