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Author: Ruth Ellen Wasem
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: security, state, homeland, departments, roles, policy, visa
Number of Pages: 24
Published: 2011-04
ISBN-10: 143793031X
ISBN-13: 9781437930313

The case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly attempted to ignite an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Dec. 25, 2009. He was traveling on a multi-year, multiple-entry tourist visa. His father came into the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2009, to express his concerns about his son. Those officials at the Embassy in Abuja sent a cable to the Nat. Counterterrorism Center. State Dept. officials maintain they had insufficient info. to revoke his visa at that time. Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Visa Issuances; (3) Basis of Current Visa Policy; (4) Co
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Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: security, homeland, visa, program, department, strengthen, actions, needed, border, management
Number of Pages: 50
Published: 2005-11-01
ISBN-10: 1422302326
ISBN-13: 9781422302323

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 required that the Dept. of Homeland Security's (DHS) on-site personnel in Saudi Arabia review all visa applications. The Act also authorized the expansion of the Visa Security Program to other embassies & consulates to provide expert advice & training to consular officers, among other things. Given the congressional interest in effective implementation of the Visa Security Program, this report assessed: (1) the Visa Security Officers' activities in Saudi Arabia; & (2) DHS's plans to expand its Visa Security Program to other consular posts overseas. Includes re
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Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: antiterrorism, tool, strengthened, process, security, visa, border
Number of Pages: 84
Published: 2003-02
ISBN-10: 0756732212
ISBN-13: 9780756732219

In FY 2001, State Dept. consular officers issued 7.6 million visas to citizens of other countries seeking to enter the U.S. temp'y. for bus., tourism, & other reasons. Because all 19 of the 9/11 terrorist hijackers were issued visas, strengthening the visa function as an antiterrorism tool has taken on great significance. This report assesses: how the visa process operated prior to 9/11; & what changes have occurred since then to strengthen the process as a screen against terrorists. Analyzed the factors influencing visa decisions, including the policies & guidance for, & pressures on, consula
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Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: program, mitigate, assess, risks, congressional, testimony, process, management, actions, waiver, needed, improve, visa, expansion
Number of Pages: 26
Published: 2009-03-01
ISBN-10: 1437910491
ISBN-13: 9781437910490

The Visa Waiver Program, which enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa, has many benefits, but also has risks. In 2006, it was found that the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) needed to improve efforts to assess and mitigate these risks. In Aug. 2007, Congress passed the 9/11 Act, which provides DHS the authority to consider expanding the program to countries whose short-term business and tourism visa refusal rates were between 3% and 10% in the prior fiscal year. This testimony discusses a recent report on the Visa Waiver Program. Specif
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Author: Jess T. Ford (au)
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: security, visa, evaluation, address, risk, performance, worldwide, needs, dhs’s, program, border, improve
Number of Pages: 41
Published:
ISBN-10: 1437984819
ISBN-13: 9781437984811
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Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: program, process, assess, mitigate, expansion, risks, improve, waiver, actions, needed, visa, management
Number of Pages: 58
Published: 2009-03-01
ISBN-10: 1437910130
ISBN-13: 9781437910131

The Visa Waiver Program, which enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa, has many benefits, but it also has risks. In 2006, it was found that the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) needed to improve efforts to assess and mitigate these risks. In Aug. 2007, Congress passed the 9/11 Act, which provides DHS with the authority to consider expanding the program to countries whose short-term business and tourism visa refusal rates were between 3% and 10% in the prior fiscal year. This report examined DHSżs process for expanding the Visa Waiver P
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Author: Jess T. Ford
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: caused, shortfalls, changes, visa, program, waiver, facilities, staffing, sate, security, department, plan, significant, potentially, border
Number of Pages: 58
Published: 2009-02-01
ISBN-10: 1437907032
ISBN-13: 9781437907032

Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens from 27 countries can travel to the U.S. visa free. Terrorism concerns involving VWP country citizens have led some to suggest eliminating or suspending the program, while the executive branch is considering adding countries to it. Legislation passed in 2007 led the Dept. of Homeland Security to develop its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), to screen VWP country citizens before they travel to the U.S.; if found ineligible, travelers will need to apply for a visa. This report reviewed how: (1) program elimination and suspension; (2)
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