Coalition Urges Extension of Visa Interview Waivers

SIIA joins a coalition of diverse institutions urging the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend interview waiver authorities, set to expire on December 31, 2023. These authorities streamline the visa process for low-risk nonimmigrant applicants, reducing wait times and benefiting businesses and families. The coalition emphasizes the potential threat to progress made in visa processing efficiency and security, estimating a $7 billion loss in 2023 due to visa wait times. They stress the importance of extending these authorities to prevent a surge in mandatory in-person interviews in 2024,

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