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AILA Doc. No. 04071563 | Dated July 12, 2004
Dear Messrs. Secretary:
The undersigned companies and organizations write to express our concern about the planned discontinuation of the visa reissuance program. This program is of central importance to the business community, and has become all the more so in the past two years as visa processing delays have soared at consular posts. We urge you to quickly reinstate the visa reissuance program, and we propose two options to that end, either of which would satisfy the needs addressed by the program and still allow the State Department to meet its mandate of collecting biometrics by October 26, 2004.
Visa reissuance allows employees who already are working in the United States on employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visas to renew their visas within the U.S. This program is particularly essential in situations where employees must travel internationally and have neither the time nor the opportunity, given geographic barriers, to apply for a new visa.
Employers make significant investments in these employees who must be able to travel internationally when and as needed. The visa revalidation process is therefore critical to businesses that operate in the international arena, as it helps business deal with: increasing delays at consulates and the uncertainties surrounding obtaining an appointment for a visa interview; complications in the appointment process caused by business travel to a country other than the employee's home country; and the all-too-frequent delays at the consulates that strand employees often for months outside of the United States. These delays threaten companies' bottom lines and cause hardships for employees and their families.
We believe that the purpose of the visa reissuance program can continue and the Department of State can fulfill its mandated deadline of collecting biometrics for visas by implementing one of the following options:
Thank you for your consideration of our views.
Sincerely,Advantest America Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 04071563.