Border Security: Strengthened Visa Process Would Benefit from Improvements in Staffing and Information

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DIANE Publishing, 2006 - 58 pages
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Page 35 - The enclosed Department of State comments are provided for incorporation with this letter as an appendix to the final report. If you have any questions concerning this response, please contact Susan Jacobs, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Consular Affairs, at (202) 736-4985.
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Page 31 - We will also make copies available to others upon request. In addition, this report will be available at no charge on GAO's Web site at If you or your staff have any questions about this report, please call me at (312) 2207600.
Page 24 - ... THE INTERSTATE IDENTIFICATION INDEX. — (1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Department of State Consolidated Immigrant Visa Processing Center shall have on-line access, without payment of any fee or charge, to the Interstate Identification Index of the National Crime Information Center solely for the purpose of determining whether a visa applicant has a criminal history record indexed in such Index. Such access does not entitle the Department of State to obtain the full content of automated...
Page 78 - As agreed with your offices, unless you publicly announce its contents earlier, we plan no further distribution of this report until 30 days after its date. We will then send copies to the Secretary of Labor, appropriate congressional committees, and other interested parties.
Page 4 - The Homeland Security Act of 2002 generally grants DHS exclusive authority to issue regulations on, administer, and enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act and all other immigration and nationality laws relating to the functions of US consular officers in connection with the granting or denial of visas.
Page 25 - FBI are implementing an electronic fingerprint system whereby consular officers will scan the applicants' fingerprints at post and submit them directly into the FBI's database. FBI and State officials told us that posts would be notified if the record in question matched the "TWs requirement Is also consistent with the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act of 1998 (42 USC 14611 et seq.) (or Compact Act), which organizes an electronic information-sharing system among the federal government...
Page 79 - Web site at If you or your staffs have any questions about this report, please contact me at (202) 512-7114 or
Page 2 - July 2004, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. (See app. I for more detailed information on our scope and methodology.) R6SllltS in Bri6f US. agencies...
Page 56 - ... for use by federal law enforcement to identify and detain individuals who pose a threat to the national security of the United States. The PATRIOT Act also required by January 26, 2003, the development and certification of a technology standard, including appropriate biometric identifier standards, that can be used to verify the identity of persons applying for a US visa or persons seeking to enter the United States pursuant to a visa...

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