H.R.3039 - Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3] (Introduced 09/23/2011)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary; Foreign Affairs|
|Latest Action:||05/17/2012 Subcommittee Hearings Held.|
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Summary: H.R.3039 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/23/2011)
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.