Border Security: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Department of Homeland Security's Visa Security Program

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DIANE Publishing, Nov 1, 2005 - 51 pages
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The Homeland Security Act of 2002 required that the Dept. of Homeland Security's (DHS) on-site personnel in Saudi Arabia review all visa applications. The Act also authorized the expansion of the Visa Security Program to other embassies & consulates to provide expert advice & training to consular officers, among other things. Given the congressional interest in effective implementation of the Visa Security Program, this report assessed: (1) the Visa Security Officers' activities in Saudi Arabia; & (2) DHS's plans to expand its Visa Security Program to other consular posts overseas. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.

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Page 40 - Comments from the Department of State Department of State Comments on GAO Draft Report...
Page 4 - The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and gave it responsibility for visa policy.
Page 26 - Note: GAO comments supplementing those in the report text appear at the end of this appendix. Ofi'ifi' ollte .iv.vv/i/n/ .S<v/r//T I .S.
Page 1 - The United States also grants visas to people who intend to immigrate to the United States. In this report, we use the term "visa" to refer to nonimmigrant visas only.
Page 5 - Security is mainly responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of US foreign policy.
Page 23 - ... this work may contain copyrighted images or other material, permission from the copyright holder may be necessary if you wish to reproduce this material separately.
Page 37 - Comments from the Department of Homeland Security The following are GAO's comments on the Department of Homeland Security's letter dated July 15, 2005.
Page 9 - CLASS is a State Department name check database that posts use to access critical information for visa adjudication. The system contains records provided by numerous agencies and includes information on persons with visa refusals, immigration violations, criminal histories, and terrorism concerns.
Page 9 - To see this degree of detail from the records, the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act of 1998 (42 USC 14611 et seq...
Page 17 - As we have previously reported, questions related to (1) security of facilities and employees, (2) mission priorities and requirements, and (3) cost of operations...

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