Travel and Geography



If you haven't visited the United States in the last two years, you might not be aware that it has made impressive strides in coordinating the competing needs of protecting its borders and welcoming foreign visitors to its homeland. A commitment to fostering international exchanges and maintaining an open society is a continuing hallmark of American values.

Recent changes include expedited appointments for student and business visa applications, better technology on biometric documents, and an increase in the number of immigration officials to assist visa applicants. Beyond that, the United States continues to work on even more initiatives to make international travel faster and safer.

- Abridged from State Dept. Publications and other U.S. government materials

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[Last Updated: 12/9/2010]
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