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Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017
Few days back, Donald Trump, the U.S. President has issued an executive order arresting the 80-percent/three-week goal for interviewing nonimmigrant visa applicants following submission of applications.
From September 11, 2001, the State Department has provided precedence to security over quick visa adjudications. Due to multiple causes including heightened security, between the year 2001 and 2010, the U.S. share of the global tourism market had plunged immensely.
The Obama Administration, anxious about its consequence on the U.S. economy, took measures to “support a prosperous and secure travel and tourism industry in the United States.” In 2010, the initial steps were taken, when the National Export Initiative and the Travel Promotion Act became law.
They authorized the intergovernmental cooperation to work to establish a powerful brand identity for the U.S. at the same time endorses exports. By 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to carry on the process of developing more tourism and travel: Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness Order.
One section ordered Consulates to “ensure that 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of receipt of application, recognizing that resource and security considerations . . . may dictate specific exceptions.” Even though the Obama EO had a security waiver, on June 21, 2017, Trump signed his own EO, striking the 80 percent/three-week goal. This measure is taken in combination with the travel ban partly restored by the U.S. Supreme Court and the extreme vetting procedures instituted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.