AILA Doc No. 06120113 | Dated December 1, 2006
The Administration announced its intention to work with Congress to reform the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) thereby strengthening security and facilitating international allies’ ability to join the program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified a number of security measures to be sought from Visa Waiver Program candidates. DHS will work with Congress to implement the following security requirements:
In addition, DHS will seek agreement with VWP countries on the following security enhancements:
Focus on security with flexibility on immigration measures. Finally, while DHS intends to tighten security measures and seek flexibility on requirements that focus on the risk of illegal migration rather than security. For many countries, the biggest impediment is the statutory requirement that the visa refusal rate for their country fall below 3 percent. Visa refusals are typically a reflection of concern on the part of consular officials that the traveler will not abide by the restrictions of a tourist or other limited visa.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 06120113.