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.
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|Title Annotation:||Briefly; bill introduction|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2004|
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