by Emma O’Connor and David Inserra
Rep. Dan Lipinski recently proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would advance the Visa Waiver Program, and although the amendment from the Illinois Democrat was declared not in order by the House Rules Committee, the sound policies that it calls for should be pursued by Congress.
The amendment would give NATO allies an alternative method for entering the Visa Waiver Program.
Currently, aspirant countries in NATO could follow the existing process of maintaining a low nonimmigrant visa refusal rate (the percentage of visas refused by consular officers).
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