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U.S., Brazil to Consider Visa Waiver

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is in Washington for a two-day visit, announced yesterday that they would begin work on bringing Brazil into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows tourists and business travelers to come to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. The expansion of Brazilian tourism that would result would be a big economic boost for the United States, especially for hard-hit Florida. The VWP, which is currently available mostly for citizens of advanced European countries, became controversial after 9/11 over concerns that terrorists or other serious criminals might be able to get into the United States without the scrutiny that faces visa applicants. But over the past decade, the program has been strengthened immensely, and the security screening is now as good or better than that for visa applicants. Yet Congress remains reluctant to authorize an expansion of the program. Foreign Affairs published today a piece I wrote, in which I lay out the issues at play and make the case for expanding the number of visa waiver countries. Read the full article.

Edward Alden blogs on border security, visa policy and immigration issues. Read More
  • http://perezmalik.com/ Perezmalikpllc

    Since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has changed
    dramatically with stricter measures on visas, immigration, and border
    controls. However, nonimmigrants need to make sure not to overstay this waiver; breaking immigration rules could result in a permanent ban from the U.S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edmoreirajr Edvaldo JĂșnior

    Everyone knows that… and this applies to both countries.

  • Investigate

    The restrictions on Brazil started when Bush didn’t like that Brazil wouldn’t send troops to Iraq