H.R. 3039 (112th): Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011

Sep 23, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Joseph Heck
Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district
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Last Updated
Sep 23, 2011
9 pages

This bill was introduced on September 23, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 23, 2011
Referred to Committee Sep 23, 2011
Full Title

To promote job creation in the United States by directing the Secretary of State to address inefficiencies in the visa processing system that discourage overseas business and leisure travel to the United States, and for other purposes.


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40 cosponsors (24R, 16D) (show)

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Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of State to: (1) set a visa processing standard of 12 or fewer calendar days at U.S. diplomatic and consular missions in China, Brazil, and India; and (2) use machine readable nonimmigrant visa fees to hire a sufficient number of Foreign Service officers and limited non-career appointment consular officers to maintain such standard.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a two-year pilot program for the processing of nonimmigrant visas using secure remote video-conferencing technology for visa interviews, and (2) work with other federal agencies that use such secure communications to help ensure security of the video-conferencing transmission and encryption.
Directs the Secretary to provide Congress with an annual forecast of demand through 2020 for nonimmigrant visas in the high-growth markets of Brazil, China, and India.
Authorizes the Secretary to modify or enter into agreements with certain countries on a non-reciprocal basis to allow for longer visa validity periods if doing so causes no adverse effects to the United States.

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