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visa information Officials have made giant strides in recent times to

life. Travelers from other countries do need to apply for a

assist with visa applications and entry into the USA. In

nonimmigrant visa for entry to the United States. Although

addition to the highly successful Visa Waiver Program,

there may be wait times involved for issuance of a visa, the

we are working with the U.S. immigration departments

United States welcomes business and conference attendees

and our embassies around the world to provide solutions

regularly and there are few issues with visa approvals

for WGC participants.

for this type of trip. On a typical day our Customs and Border Protection (CPB) service welcomes nearly 1 million

2010 InTeRnATIonAl VISITATIon To The UnITed STATeS SeT A neW RecoRd

international travelers into the country. (See www.travel. state.gov to locate embassies and for virtually all information

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that

relating to obtaining visas.)

60 million international visitors traveled to the United States in 2010, a 9 percent increase over 2009.

VISA WAIVeR PRoGRAm (VWP)

hIGhlIGhTS

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of

oVeRSeAS ReSIdenT VISITATIon SURPASSeS 2000 leVelS

36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only)

• In 2010, overseas resident visits (26 million) were up 1 percent compared to 2000, creating a new record level of overseas visits for the United States.

for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

• Overseas resident visits were up 11 percent compared to 2009.

barriers to travel, thereby stimulating the tourism industry and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may

ToP 15 coUnTRIeS • Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Italy, People’s Republic of China, India, Spain, Netherlands, and Colombia. • In 2010, nine of the top 15 countries posted record visitation to the United States: Canada, France, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Italy, the People’s Republic of China, India and Colombia. The United States recognizes that international visitors add greatly to our nation’s cultural, educational and economic

The program was established to eliminate unnecessary

apply for a visa if they prefer to do so. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on VWP, and therefore some travelers from VWP countries are not eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel, are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.

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USA Bid for the 25th World Gas Conference  

The American Gas Association Representing the United States of America respectfully submits this bid to the International Gas Union for the...

USA Bid for the 25th World Gas Conference  

The American Gas Association Representing the United States of America respectfully submits this bid to the International Gas Union for the...

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