Economic Imperative for Promoting International Travel to the United States: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, March 27, 2012   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the March 27, 2012 hearing, "The Economic Imperative for Promoting International Travel to the United States," before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. From the statement of Mike Lee: "The Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act attempts to ease the process by which visas may be obtained. The validity period of certain visas is increased, allowing a greater number of visits to the U.S. by those who have been screened and approved, avoiding the hassle of the complicated process of frequent visa renewal. The Act also permits the State Department to charge a fee for processing visas on an expedited basis, much like U.S. citizens can pay to have passports approved more quickly. In addition to expediting visa processing, the Act also encourages visitors to come during certain times of year and during a certain time of life. The Act authorizes the State Department to lower visa application fees for selected countries during off-peak seasons, creating an incentive for travel all-year round. Also, retiring Canadians are encouraged to spend their time and money here by purchasing a home in the U.S. Utah has been the destination chosen by millions in search of picturesque landscapes or faith-related tours. The importance of international tourism to the economy of our great state cannot be overemphasized. By easing the process by which visas can be obtained and by creating incentives to come to the U.S., the JOLT Act aims to increase revenues and create jobs in Utah and throughout the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike Lee, Barbara A. Mikulski, Thomas J. Donohue, Roger J. Dow, Rebecca Gambler, and Michael W. McCormick,

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S. Hrg. 112-874; Senate Hearing 112-874; Serial No. J-112-68
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