President Bush Signs Legislation That Might Increase Overseas Visitors

Friday President Bush signed legislation that contains two provisions that send a more welcoming message to international visitors to the U.S., calling it "the most significant travel reform since 9/11." The legislation, which addresses recommendations proposed by the 9/11 Commission, contains a provision to strengthen and expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This modernization of the VWP will allow more legitimate business and leisure travelers to visit the U.S. visa-free while enhancing security through an air exit tracking system, increased information sharing between nations and other controls. The legislation also will provide a more efficient and welcoming arrival process at America's top 20 overseas inbound airports, which welcome 90 percent of all overseas arrivals to the U.S For more information, visit [www.tia.org].

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