Proposed deadline extension for machine-readable passports.
Proposed deadline extension for machine-readable passports. Sen.
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) recently introduced a bill advocating extending
the deadline for Visa Waiver Program countries to obtain new,
machine-readable passports from October 26, 2004, to November, 30, 2006.
Currently, 27 countries are enrolled in the program, which allows
citizens of participating countries to visit the United States without a
visa. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Secretary
Tom Ridge have suggested that not moving the deadline could negatively
affect the U.S. economy.