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Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017
The United Nations has preserved this principle completely – “Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall have the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to the law” (ICCPR Article 14).
Going by the above principle, why anyone applying for a US visa for tourism or for business purpose is considered guilty and must prove their innocence?
However, if the rules for securing a tourist visa are dug deep one finds that “the burden of proof of intent to return to the home country” is strictly on the person who is applying for the visa. Doesn’t this fly in the face of the basis of US law? Why the rules are so different from the rest of the US law in this case?
As per the government’s Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness in their booklet, “National Travel and Tourism Strategy 2012”, overseas visitors to the United States produce more than $250 billion year-on-year basis.
US should rather encourage more people to visit for their own interests instead of disappointing them and making the entire visa process so difficult to obtain. In the same booklet, we see about enabling and enhancing travel and tourism to and within the US, which entails that the US government should issue policy to provide more visas to the interested visitors who are not considered a threat.