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    Chile Gets the Visa Waiver Program, but What About Poland?

    On February 28, the Obama Administration announced the designation of Chile as the 38th country to be admitted into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). That’s great as far as it goes. The VWP allows foreign nationals to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa … More

    Asian Immigration Outpacing Immigration from Latin America

    Asian immigration may soon exceed Latin American immigration, according to a recently released report from The Heritage Foundation. Immigration from China and India alone are more than total immigration from Mexico. This trend could be a reflection of a larger problem—a lack of high-skilled labor in the U.S. Many U.S. … More

    BrandUSA: Senate Immigration Bill Extends Wasteful, Flawed Program

    On Thursday, the Senate will vote on S. 744, a highly flawed comprehensive immigration “reform” bill. As is often the case with comprehensive bills, S. 744 is full of handouts, pork, and special-interest deals. One example of this lies in provisions that would extend the funding of BrandUSA, a government-run … More

    Visa Reform: Long Wait Times Make Travel Difficult

    Attaining a visa to the United States is an incredibly lengthy and difficult process. To combat this, last week, Congressman Joseph Heck (R–NV) introduced the latest iteration of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act. Like its predecessors from the 112th Congress, the bill proposes several programs and policies … More

    Travelers Need a Vacation from the Burdensome Visa Application Process

    Who doesn’t love a good vacation? A vacation, by definition, should be relaxing. If one has to fill out a lengthy form, be interviewed in person, and then wait for weeks to see whether or not they “passed” in order to go on vacation, that kind of defeats the purpose. … More

    Visa Waiver Program Expansion Should Advance on its Own

    On Monday, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D–IL) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), along with Senator Mark Kirk (R–IL) and more than 15 other cosponsors, reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. The bill would expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows citizens of participating countries to travel in … More

    Get Poland Out of the Waiting Room and into the Visa Waiver Program

    Last week, Heritage and The Wall Street Journal released the latest edition of the Index of Economic Freedom. Among its top performers is Poland, up seven spots in the global rankings. Poland’s economy is the only one in Europe that has expanded every year over the past two decades. In … More

    Field of Dreams Meets Visa Waiver Reform

    “If you build it, they will come”—at least that’s what author Edward Alden argues in a recent Foreign Affairs article calling for the long-overdue expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Between 2005 and 2010, 98 million visitors entered the United States from the 36 member nations of the VWP, … More

    Time to Admit Poland into the Visa Waiver Program

    Senator Mark Kirk (R–IL) and Congressman Mike Quigley (R–IL) returned from a four-day trip to Poland this week. The bipartisan pair made the journey to discuss an important topic in U.S.–Polish relations: admitting Poland into the Visa Waiver Program. Under the Visa Waiver Program, visitors from friendly member nations are … More

    Visa Overstays: Moving Forward with U.S. Security and Public Diplomacy

    In May of this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became concerned that terrorists may had been planning to exploit the U.S. visa system to enter the country and carryout an attack on the anniversary of 9/11. That terrorists seek to exploit our visa system, of course, is nothing … More