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LONG VISA WAIT TIMES ARE A DE FACTO TRAVEL BAN.

The problem

First-time visitor visa applicants in the key markets for U.S. inbound travel are currently facing interview wait times of 400-800 days—a de facto border closure in the way of excessive wait times to receive a visa. The data shows a severe backlog in processing visitor visas is delaying visits to the United States from global travelers in key markets.

$120B

in spending (50%) in 2019 came from countries where a visitor visa is required to enter the United States.

400+ days

days of waiting for first-time visitors from top inbound markets to receive interviews.

63%

of these visitors are from Brazil, India and Mexico — three of the top inbound markets requiring a visitor visa.

 

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Unacceptable long delays in issuing U.S. visitor visas keeps families apart, delays travel to the U.S., and harms American businesses. When visitors have to wait this long, many choose other destinations to visit. This comes at a projected cost to the U.S. economy of nearly $7 billion in traveler spending in 2023 alone.

Rapidly processing U.S. visitor visas is within the Biden administration’s control and should be immediately prioritized so we can welcome more international visitors to America

 

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The solution

To improve U.S. visitor visa processing, the Biden administration should:

  • Lower wait times to 21 days in top countries for inbound travel to the U.S. by April 2023.
  • By September 31, 2023, reinstate the Executive Order to provide interview appointments for 80% of nonimmigrant U.S. visa applicants within 21 days or less.
  • Increase resources in countries with a high volume of applicants and for large events in the U.S. that draw international visitors.
  • Extend interview waivers for U.S. nonimmigrant visa renewals and apply waivers more broadly to renewal applicants through 2024.

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I'm a traveler

Are you a would-be traveler – particularly from a non-U.S. Visa Waiver Program country – still waiting for a visitor visa to travel to the United States? Will you travel elsewhere if you have a months-long or even years-long wait simply to apply to visit the U.S.?

I’m a small business

Are you a U.S. business owner or manager who has suffered due to far fewer tourists, especially those from non-Visa Waiver Program countries such as Brazil, India and Mexico? What have you missed while the clock ticks?

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Travel visa delay stories from across the globe.

Hello, I am the director of a nonprofit in Mexico City. We accompany and advocate people that grew up undocumented in the United States and because they returned or were deported have been in Mexico. We have a program called Visa Justice, for years we have accompanied folks apply for nonimmigrant visas. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen the long waiting times and would like to see if there is any possibility we can talk with someone from here, find maybe ways to collaborate and uplift our work and these demands we have in common. Thank you for reading my text and I hope to hear from you.

Hello, I am the director of a nonprofit in Mexico City. We accompany and advocate people that grew up undocumented in the United States and because they returned or were deported have been in Mexico. We have a program called Visa Justice, for years we have accompanied folks apply for nonimmigrant visas. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen the long waiting times and would like to see if there is any possibility we can talk with someone from here, find maybe ways to collaborate and uplift our work and these demands we have in common. Thank you for reading my text and I hope to hear from you.

Hello, I am the director of a nonprofit in Mexico City. We accompany and advocate people that grew up undocumented in the United States and because they returned or were deported have been in Mexico. We have a program called Visa Justice, for years we have accompanied folks apply for nonimmigrant visas. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen the long waiting times and would like to see if there is any possibility we can talk with someone from here, find maybe ways to collaborate and uplift our work and these demands we have in common. Thank you for reading my text and I hope to hear from you.

Maggie Loredo,

Mexico

Traveler

I work for a cruise company with base ports mainly in Florida, for training and experience purposes, the company allows me to travel and use our ships. I requested an appointment to obtain a US visa in August 2022 and they scheduled me for September 2024.

Trabajo para una compañía de cruceros con puertos bases principalmente en la florida, por temas de capacitación y experiencia la compañía me permite viajar para tener la experiencia de conocer los barcos, solicite la cita desde Agosto 2022 y me programaron para septiembre 2024

Trabalho para uma empresa de cruzeiros com portos principalmente na Flórida. Por motivos de treinamento e experiência a empresa me permite viajar para ter a experiência de conhecer os navios, solicitei o agendamento a partir de agosto de 2022 e me agendaram para setembro de 2024.



Colombia

Traveler

I’m from Argentina and I had a 10-year visa that expired in 2021. I applied for a visa in April 2021 and they gave me appointment for March 2024. Now after more calls, they gave an appointment for July 2023.

I’m from Argentina and I had a 10-year visa that expired in 2021. I applied for a visa in April 2021 and they gave me appointment for March 2024. Now after more calls, they gave an appointment for July 2023.

I’m from Argentina and I had a 10-year visa that expired in 2021. I applied for a visa in April 2021 and they gave me appointment for March 2024. Now after more calls, they gave an appointment for July 2023.

Sonia Cristina Dvorachuk,

Chile

Traveler

I am a travel agent, the difficulty of scheduling a visa application for the US makes clients give up the trip and chose a different destination.

Soy agente de viajes, la dificultad de agendar una solicitud de visa para USA, hace que los clientes desistan del viaje, y escojan otro destino.

Sou agente de viagem, a dificuldade de agendamento para solicitação de visto para os USA, faz com que os clientes desistam da viagem optando para outro destino.

Dorcas Andrade Gonçalves Rêgo,

Brazil

Traveler

Well, I started my visa process, very excited because I want to return to NYC and my visa expired about 10 years ago, I raised the money and registered, I did all the procedures and when they told me that my appointment was for 2024, I was discouraged. Obviously, I didn’t pay any more and I didn’t register again.

Pues inicie mi tramite de Visa, muy entusiamada porque quiero regresar a NYC y mi visa ya se vencio hace como 10 años, junte el dinero me registre, hice todos los traites y cuando me dijeron que mi cita era para el 2024, me desanime, obvio ya no pague y ya no me registre otra vez.

Bem, comecei meu processo de visto, muito animado porque quero voltar para NYC e meu visto expirou há cerca de 10 anos, juntei o dinheiro e registrei, fiz todos os procedimentos e quando me disseram que minha consulta era para 2024, fiquei desanimado. Obviamente cancelei todo o processo.



Mexico

Traveler

When global travelers experience excessive wait times for a U.S. visitor visa, they will go elsewhere and the United States misses an opportunity to welcome them.

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