Will US visas be abolished at the end of 2020?

Will US visas be abolished at the end of 2020?

first_imgSource / photo: Croatian Chamber of Economy; N1; Vecernji list During the meeting, the need to lower the rate of rejected applications to at least three percent annually in order for Croatia to enter the visa-free program was emphasized. The rate of denied visas for Croatian citizens in the period from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 was four percent, which is the lowest rate so far. The applications of Croatian citizens submitted in Serbia and BiH are mostly rejected, and the vast majority are people who could not prove that they have a secure source of funding, and who often have family members living in the USA and having companies or crafts. Such cases may indicate that the applicant’s plan is to go to the United States and find employment with relatives. These are mostly younger people who have graduated from college, ie young families. “Croatia is one of four EU members, along with Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus, whose passport holders still need a visa to leave and stay in the United States. The need to lower the rejection rate to at least three percent was emphasized, and both sides agreed that we could achieve this goal as early as this time next year. This requires more active encouragement of the business community to apply for visas in the next ten months”, Said the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Vecernji list. The US Embassy cites the successful steps taken by the Polish government as an example to Croatia in this process. Namely, Poland managed to reduce the rate of denied visas in 2017 from six to three percent through an action to encourage citizens to obtain a tourist visa for the United States. They mostly concentrated on groups of people having a great chance of getting visas. Such a strategy could work in Croatia as well, given that the real numbers of rejections are quite small – around 300 to 400.center_img Both sides agreed that we could achieve this goal at this time next year, and that it is necessary to more actively encourage the business community to apply for visas in the next ten months. “The visa waiver program depends, among other things, on the rejection rate being below three percent, calculated on September 30th for the previous 12 months. So that calculation for this year will be made next September. If Croatia completes all other documentation, it will take a few more months to complete the process. So the real possibility is that everything will end at the end of 2020. “, the Cohort explained to N1. “I believe that if the Croatian government and our embassy work hard and are focused, we can achieve that”, He concluded. Last week, the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, received the Ambassador of the United States of America to Croatia, Robert Kohorst, to discuss a possible visa exemption program for Croatian citizens.last_img

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