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President seeks to boost U.S. economy by allowing more into country

Aware that the United States is losing money every day due to the difficulty people from other countries are having getting visas that grant access to America, the current administration is taking steps to make it easier for tourists to enter the country.

The goal of course is to improve the U.S. economy by getting visitors from other countries to spend their money here. Also benefiting the country would be the needed creation of jobs to provide services to the tourists.

The U.S. is working to dig itself out of a hole on this front. Compared to 2000 when the country garnered 17 percent of the market of those traveling internationally, in 2010 that number had dropped to 12.4 percent. According to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Travel Association, if the U.S. could get back to where it was in 2000, by 2020 the country would see an additional $859 billion in economic output. In addition, 1.3 million new jobs would be created.

We discussed a couple ways in which the administration is seeking to make it easier for visitors to get visas to enter the country in several previous posts. One method that is being used is to include more countries in the Visa Waiver Program. Another approach that has seen results is to hire additional employees to speed up the amount of time it takes for someone to get a visa.

Some of the changes will require approval from the U.S. Congress. We will of course post updates on this matter as they become available.

Source: NJToday.net, "Welcome To America: An Economic Stimulus Plan," Roger Dow, Feb. 15, 2012

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