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State Department: Efforts to Reduce Visa Fraud, Statement of Benjamin F. Nelson, Director, International Relations and Trade Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division, Testimony Before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 27KB]

At the time GAO issued its report in May 1996 (GAO/NSIAD-96-99), the State Department was attempting to make its visa-issuing process more efficient and less vulnerable to fraud by (1) issuing visas that were machine readable, (2) expanding automated name-check capability to all posts, (3) forming "lookout" committees to identify suspected terrorists and others ineligible for visas, and (4) strengthening compliance with management controls. Since then, the State Department's efforts to combat visa fraud at diplomatic posts by introducing a machine-readable visa system have been hampered by technical problems, a lack of cooperation from other government agencies, and weak management controls at many U.S. embassies.

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GAO/T-NSIAD-97-167
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1997-05-20
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