• How Immigration Reform Can Attract Increased Tourism Revenue
  • September 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: Burr Forman LLP - Birmingham Office
  • The U.S. immigration system often is not conducive to short visits for tourism, making the U.S. a less than attractive vacation destination for international travelers. The State Department, which administers the processes for getting visitor access to the U.S., must balance concern for national security and visa fraud (i.e., using visitor visas to access the U.S. with no intention of leaving) against the desire to make the process faster and less expensive. The Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act, or JOLT Act, represents Congress’s attempt to alleviate some of the difficulties associated with obtaining visitor visas for the sake of attracting more foreign visitors (and their money) to the U.S.